A blemish is a small flaw. If you borrow your brother's brand new bicycle, you'd better be careful — what might seem like the tiniest blemish to you might be a horribly ruined paint job to him.

The classic example of a blemish is a pimple or other mark on your skin, but you can call any small defect a blemish — like a worm hole in an apple or a scrape on the side of your car. A flaw or fault in your personality or morals can also be called a blemish. You might say that the one time your dog accidentally nipped you is the only blemish on his reputation as a sweet, gentle pet.

Definitions of blemish

n a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

“a facial blemish
defect, mar
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birthmark, nevus
a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
chatter mark
a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece
check, chip
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts
dent, ding, gouge, nick
an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
mark, scar, scrape, scratch
an indication of damage
burn, burn mark
a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
a blemish made by dirt
a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
verruca, wart
(pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
milium, whitehead
a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
blackhead, comedo
a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
a fine crack in a glaze or other surface
a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
cigarette burn
a burn mark left by a smoldering cigarette
blotch, splodge, splotch
an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint
a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
a blot made with ink
nevus flammeus, port-wine stain
a flat birthmark varying from pink to purple
hemangioma simplex, strawberry, strawberry mark
a soft red birthmark
common wart
a benign growth (often with a rough surface)
condyloma acuminatum, genital wart, venereal wart, verruca acuminata
a small benign wart on or around the genitals and anus
juvenile wart
a small benign growth on the faces of hands of children
plantar wart
a wart occurring on the sole of the foot
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appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

v mar or spoil the appearance of

deface, disfigure
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mangle, maul
injure badly by beating
mark, pit, pock, scar
mark with a scar
mark with or as if with pockmarks
cicatrise, cicatrize
form a scar, after an injury
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deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
make imperfect

v mar or impair with a flaw

“her face was blemished
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begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
make soiled, filthy, or dirty

v add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective

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inflict damage upon

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