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



BrE BrE//ˈblemɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈblemɪʃ//
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a mark on the skin or on an object that spoils it and makes it look less beautiful or perfect make-up to cover blemishes (figurative) His reputation is without a blemish. See related entries: Skin Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): from Old French ble(s)miss-, lengthened stem of ble(s)mir ‘make pale, injure’; probably of Germanic origin.Extra examples He was pilloried, but she escaped without blemish. The police say the suspect has a slight blemish on his left cheek. There wasn’t a single blemish on his skin. Cover up unsightly blemishes with our new liquid make-up. Her skin didn’t have a single blemish.
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