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blemish


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blemish  \Blem"ish\,  n.;  pl  {Blemishes}. 
  Any  mark  of  deformity  or  injury,  whether  physical  or  moral; 
  anything  that  diminishes  beauty,  or  renders  imperfect  that 
  which  is  otherwise  well  formed;  that  which  impairs 
  reputation. 
 
  He  shall  take  two  he  lambs  without  blemish,  and  one  ewe 
  lamb  of  the  first  year  without  blemish.  --Lev.  xiv. 
  10. 
 
  The  reliefs  of  an  envious  man  are  those  little 
  blemishes  and  imperfections  that  discover  themselves  in 
  an  illustrious  character.  --Spectator. 
 
  Syn:  Spot;  speck;  flaw;  deformity;  stain;  defect;  fault; 
  taint;  reproach;  dishonor;  imputation;  disgrace. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Sin  is  a  soil  which  blemisheth  the  beauty  of  thy 
  soul.  --Brathwait. 
 
  2.  To  tarnish,  as  reputation  or  character;  to  defame. 
 
  There  had  nothing  passed  between  us  that  might 
  blemish  reputation.  --Oldys. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blemish 
  n  :  a  mark  or  flaw  that  spoils  the  appearance  of  something 
  (especially  on  a  person's  body)  [syn:  {defect}] 
  v  1:  mar  or  spoil  the  appearance  of  "scars  defaced  her  cheeks" 
  [syn:  {deface},  {disfigure}] 
  2:  mar  or  impair  with  a  flaw;  "her  face  was  blemished"  [syn:  {spot}] 
  3:  add  a  flaw  or  blemish  to  make  imperfect  or  defective  [syn: 
  {flaw}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Blemish 
  imperfection  or  bodily  deformity  excluding  men  from  the 
  priesthood,  and  rendering  animals  unfit  to  be  offered  in 
  sacrifice  (Lev.  21:17-23;  22:19-25).  The  Christian  church,  as 
  justified  in  Christ,  is  "without  blemish"  (Eph.  5:27).  Christ 
  offered  himself  a  sacrifice  "without  blemish,"  acceptable  to  God 
  (1  Pet.  1:19). 
 




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