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Definition of scar noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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
  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.
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