V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

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."

Usage Examples:

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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