Nouns (20)

smirch, stain, spot, smear, blot
n. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
discolouration, discoloration, stain
n. a soiled or discolored appearance; "the wine left a dark stain"
stain, brand, stigma, mark
n. a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
grunge, grease, stain, soil, grime, filth, dirt
n. the state of being covered with unclean things
n. (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

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v. color for microscopic study; "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
maculate, defile, sully, stain, tarnish
v. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

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Fuzzynyms (78)

maculation, fleck, patch, dapple, speckle, spot
n. a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
mar, defect, blemish
n. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
splodge, splotch, blotch
n. an irregularly shaped spot
colouring, coloring, colour, color
n. a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
n. a position of relative inferiority; "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"
sign, mark
n. a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring"
n. (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
reflexion, reflection, observation
n. a remark expressing careful consideration
n. an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
n. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
n. something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary; "there were indications that it was time to leave"
print, mark
n. a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere"
n. a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
n. a character indicating a relation between quantities; "don't forget the minus sign"
colouring, food colour, food color, food colouring, food coloring, coloring
n. a digestible substance used to give color to food; "food color made from vegetable dyes"
cicatrice, cicatrix, scar
n. a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue
ignominy, disgrace, shame
n. a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
taint, contamination
n. the state of being contaminated
n. a receptacle where waste can be discarded; "she tossed the moldy bread into the garbage"
oxidate, oxidise, oxidize
v. add oxygen to or combine with oxygen
v. suffer or be susceptible to damage; "These fine china cups damage easily"
blemish, flaw
v. add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
discolour, color, colour, discolor
v. change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
v. cause to lose or change color; "The detergent discolored my shirts"
v. lose color or turn colorless; "The painting discolored"
v. produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth"
doctor up, doctor, sophisticate
v. alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"
asperse, besmirch, sully, smear, calumniate, denigrate, smirch, slander, defame
v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
smutch, smudge, blur, smear
v. make a smudge on; soil by smudging
mottle, blotch, streak
v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
v. move quickly in a straight line; "The plane streaked across the sky"

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