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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy soul. --Brathwait. [1913 Webster] 2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame. [1913 Webster] There had nothing passed between us that might blemish reputation. --Oldys. [1913 Webster]