V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) to ruin, damage, or take away from something; (n.) a flaw or defect
Synonyms: (v.) ruin, damage, injure, harm, disfigure, spoil, detract, (n.) weakness, blemish, damage, flaw
Antonyms: enhance, improve
Tips: Mar comes from the Old English word merran, "to waste or spoil." To mar something is to damage it in some way. The adjective form of mar is marred (which is also the past tense of the verb) and means "damaged or injured."
The hills were badly marred after the fires. (damaged) adjective
She didn't want anything to mar her special day, so she confirmed everything, again, a week before the event. (harm, detract from) verb
To a perfectionist, even a small mistake can mar an entire enterprise. (ruin, spoil) verb
Although the arguments in your essay were well thought out, the paper was marred by grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. (harmed, spoiled) verb
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