blemish blemish  /b ˈlɛ mɪʃ/


  1. (n) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  2. (v) mar or spoil the appearance of
  3. (v) mar or impair with a flaw
  4. (v) add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective



  1. Her father had tried to erase the blemish of a handicapped daughter; this younger Kennedy chose instead to reveal the glory behind the blemish.
  2. Unjust as it may seem, abortion rights in this country will always be tainted with Roe's undemocratic blemish.
  3. Her retardation was a blemish that he thought he might carve away.


  1. 2013 Travelers Championship scores: Bubba Watson holds the lead after two rounds

    The second round of the Travelers Championship is in the books with Bubba Watson holding first place heading into the weekend. Watson shot a 3-under 67 on Friday, improving his score to 10-under par through two days of the tournament. A bogey on the tenth hole was his only blemish during an otherwise strong performance on Friday afternoon. It remains a crowded field behind Watson, though Patrick ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: SB Nation

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    When consumers get mild doses of negative information about a product or service, news about the blemish may actually strengthen their positive impression say researchers.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Stanford GSB


  1. Salazar called the case "a blemish on the United States and the Department of Interior."
    on Mar 9, 2009 By: Ken Salazar Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "The time is right to take a permanent, decisive step toward completing some unfinished business of this nation," Howard said. "The worst blemish of all has been our treatment of indigenous Australians."
    on Oct 11, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Washington Post

  3. "They didn't beat us," Perry said. "We didn't lose. We finally put a blemish on Sergio's record."
    on Sep 19, 2008 By: Kenny Perry Source: ESPN

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