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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLEMISH

There is not a blemish in mind or person at which the proudest of you all would sicken.

It had a blemish, in the nature of currant jelly, on its chin; and was a thirsty child.

Malignity is seldom at a loss for some blemish to point out.

You have won a great prize, a ruby without a blemish; value it, cherish it.

For this blemish, however, he was more to be pitied than blamed.

All of these animals must be without a blemish, or defect of any kind.

No doubt there is in his life some blemish that has brought him luck.

The utter joy of work and freedom and simplicity had no other blemish.

The blemish was seen to exist before its removal was suggested.

There must be the entire absence of every blemish, stain, or speck of impurity.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to hurt, damage," from Old French blemiss- "to turn pale," extended stem of blemir, blesmir "to make pale; stain, discolor," also "to injure" (13c., Modern French blêmir), probably from Frankish *blesmjan "to cause to turn pale," or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *blas "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).

The order of appearance of senses in Middle English is "hurt, damage;" "impair morally, sully" (late 14c.); "mar, spoil, injure" (early 15c.); "to mar the beauty or soundness of" (mid-15c.). Related: Blemished; blemishing.

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