Definition of scar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɑːr//
    Injuries, Skin
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  1. 1a mark that is left on the skin after a wound has healed a scar on his cheek Will the operation leave a scar? scar tissue See related entries: Injuries, Skin
  2. 2a permanent feeling of great sadness or mental pain that a person is left with after an unpleasant experience His years in prison have left deep scars. My husband died four years ago and the scar hasn’t healed yet.
  3. 3something unpleasant or ugly that spoils the appearance or public image of something The town still bears the scars of war. Racism has been a scar on the game.
  4. 4an area of a hill or cliff where there is exposed rock and no grass a mile-long limestone scar
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French escharre, via late Latin from Greek eskhara ‘scab’.Extra examples She had a long scar running down her face. The countryside still bears the scars of the recent hurricane. The cut left a permanent scar on his arm.
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