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Impair the quality or appearance of; spoil.‘violence marred a number of New Year celebrations’
spoil, ruin, impairspoil, ruin, impair, upset, damage, wreckView synonyms
- ‘Deep creased wrinkles marred his perfect, ageless, shiny red face at his nose and mouth as he spoke in a low, whispering tone.’
- ‘A bitter expression crossed his features, causing angry wrinkles to mar his face.’
- ‘It was well presented with only remedial work around some of the greens marring its appearance.’
- ‘There were two distinctive scars on his face, but they did not did mar his appearance.’
- ‘There is to be a Fifa investigation into the scenes of violence that marred the end of the World Cup qualifying playoff game between Turkey and Switzerland.’
- ‘Tuesday's attempted group suicide appeared to mar the largely peaceful image of the sect's campaign.’
- ‘In reality, only bags under his eyes and unshaven appearance marred his skin.’
- ‘A vision of perfection, it was of the purest, sparkling silver, with neither cut, nor blemish nor scar marring any aspect of its beauty.’
- ‘Fresh calls are being made for council bosses to move Leeds Music Festival from Temple Newsam Park after violence marred this year's event.’
- ‘This year's festival is being held at Bramham Park for the first time after its four-year tenure at Temple Newsam Park was marred by repeated violence.’
- ‘The Norwegians said the poll did not meet international standards and had been marred by violence, most of it from government supporters.’
- ‘The church is currently being repainted whilst construction to the front of the Secondary School mars its appearance somewhat.’
- ‘Shia proponents of the elections will argue that while the process may be marred by violence, the process in the long term could end terrorism in Iraq.’
- ‘He wore a dark green uniform that was pressed so not a single wrinkle marred the suit's perfection.’
- ‘Her outfit seemed completely unscathed, however, without even a spec of dust to mar its pristine appearance.’
- ‘My wise, knowledgeable green eyes were younger, no wrinkles marring them in the slightest.’
- ‘The fungus mars the appearance of infected plants, which often exhibit powdery yellow dots on their foliage.’
- ‘For many, the cameo was quite possibly the weakest guest appearance ever recorded, marring the entire middle of a potential classic.’
- ‘The calls come amid fears of a repeat of the violence which marred last year's bank holiday event when a mob went on the rampage, attacking police and burning buildings.’
- ‘It was towards the end of his stay, as he sat before the telephone or tapped on his cell-phone, that the first clouds appeared to mar his trip.’
Old English merran ‘hinder, damage’, of Germanic origin; probably related to Dutch marren ‘loiter’.
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