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 for blemish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
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           He shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe
           lamb of the first year without blemish.  --Lev. xiv.
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           The reliefs of an envious man are those little
           blemishes and imperfections that discover themselves in
           an illustrious character.                --Spectator.
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     Syn: Spot; speck; flaw; deformity; stain; defect; fault;
          taint; reproach; dishonor; imputation; disgrace.
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From 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.
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              Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy
              soul.                                 --Brathwait.
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     2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame.
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              There had nothing passed between us that might
              blemish reputation.                   --Oldys.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something
           (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish" [syn:
           blemish, defect, mar]
      v 1: mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks";
           "The vandals disfigured the statue" [syn: deface,
           disfigure, blemish]
      2: mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished" [syn:
         blemish, spot]
      3: add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective [syn:
         flaw, blemish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  251 Moby Thesaurus words for "blemish":
     abrade, abrasion, baboon, bag, bark, besmirch, birthmark,
     black sheep, blaze, blaze a trail, blister, bloody, blot, blotch,
     brand, break, bruise, bug, burn, caste mark, catch, chafe, chalk,
     chalk up, check, check off, checkmark, chip, cicatrix, cicatrize,
     claw, concussion, crack, crackle, craze, cut, damage, dapple, dash,
     deface, defect, defection, deficiency, define, deform, delimit,
     demarcate, discolor, discoloration, disfigure, disfigurement,
     disproportion, distort, dog, dot, drawback, dysphemize, earmark,
     engrave, engraving, erratum, error, eyesore, failing, failure,
     fault, faute, flash burn, flaw, fleck, flick, foible, foreign body,
     foreign intruder, fracture, frailty, fray, frazzle, freckle, fret,
     fright, gall, gargoyle, gash, graving, hack, hag, harm, harridan,
     hatch, hole, hurt, impair, impairment, imperfection, impress,
     imprint, impurity, inadequacy, incise, incision, infirmity, injure,
     injury, intruder, jot, kink, lacerate, laceration, lentigo, lesion,
     line, little problem, look a fright, look a mess, look bad,
     look like hell, look something terrible, macula, maim, make a mark,
     make mincemeat of, mar, mark, mark off, mark out, marking, maul,
     mess, misfit, misshape, mole, monkey wrench, monster, monstrosity,
     mortal wound, mote, mottle, mutilate, mutilation, nevus, nick,
     no beauty, notch, oddball, offend, offend the eye, patch, pencil,
     pepper, pierce, pockmark, point, polka dot, prejudice, prick,
     print, problem, punch, punctuate, puncture, rend, rent, riddle,
     rift, rip, run, rupture, savage, scab, scald, scar, scarecrow,
     scarification, scarify, scorch, score, scotch, scrape, scratch,
     scratching, scuff, seal, seam, second-degree burn, shortcoming,
     sight, skin, slash, slit, sliver, smear, snag, something missing,
     sore, speck, speckle, splash, splinter, split, splotch, spoil,
     spot, sprain, stab, stab wound, stain, stamp, stick, stigma,
     stigmatize, stone, strain, strawberry mark, streak, striate,
     stripe, sully, taint, tarnish, tattoo, tattoo mark, tear, teratism,
     third-degree burn, tick, tick off, tittle, trace, trauma,
     traumatize, truncate, twist, uglify, ugly duckling, underline,
     underscore, vice, vitiate, vulnerable place, warp, wart, watermark,
     weak link, weak point, weakness, weed, witch, wound,
     wounds immedicable, wrench

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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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