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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Blem·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blemished p. pr. & vb. n. Blemishing.]
 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.