Blemish

Blemish
Blemish Blem"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blemished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blemishing}.] [OE. blemissen, blemishen, OF. blemir, blesmir, to strike, injure, soil, F. bl[^e]mir to grow pale, fr. OF. bleme, blesme, pale, wan, F. bl[^e]me, prob. fr. Icel bl[=a]man the livid color of a wound, fr. bl[=a]r blue; akin to E. blue. OF. blemir properly signifies to beat one (black and) blue, and to render blue or dirty. See {Blue}.] 1. To mark with deformity; to injure or impair, as anything which is well formed, or excellent; to mar, or make defective, either the body or mind. [1913 Webster]

Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy soul. --Brathwait. [1913 Webster]

2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame. [1913 Webster]

There had nothing passed between us that might blemish reputation. --Oldys. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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