scar

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Etymology 1[edit]

Conflation of Old French escare (scab) (from Late Latin eschara, from Ancient Greek ἐσχάρα (eskhára, scab left from a burn)); and Middle English skar (incision, cut, fissure) (from Old Norse skarð (notch, chink, gap), from Proto-Germanic *skardaz (gap, cut, fragment)). Akin to Old Norse skor (notch, score), Old English sceard (gap, cut, notch). More at shard.

Noun[edit]

scar (plural scars)

  1. A permanent mark on the skin sometimes caused by the healing of a wound.
  2. (by extension) A permanent effect on someone’s mind, caused by a traumatic experience.
    • 2011, O. P. Sharma, Be a Winner, ISBN 9381384428:
      Thus, it is wise to avoid cultivating an emotional scar, as it can play havoc with your happiness and success.
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scar (third-person singular simple present scars, present participle scarring, simple past and past participle scarred)

  1. (transitive) To mark the skin permanently.
    • Shakespeare
      Yet I'll not shed her blood; / Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow.
  2. (intransitive) To form a scar.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To affect deeply in a traumatic manner.
    Seeing his parents die in a car crash scarred him for life.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse sker.

Noun[edit]

scar (plural scars)

  1. A cliff.
  2. A rock in the sea breaking out from the surface of the water.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Latin scarus (a kind of fish), from Ancient Greek σκάρος (skáros, parrot-wrasse, Scarus cretensis).

Noun[edit]

scar (plural scars)

  1. A marine food fish, the scarus or parrotfish.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for scar in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish scaraid.

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scar (present analytic scarann, future analytic scarfaidh, verbal noun scaradh, past participle scartha)

  1. to sever
  2. to separate
  3. to tear asunder

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  • soscartha (easily separated; isolable, adjective)

Further reading[edit]

  • scaraid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • "scar" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “scar” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

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·scar

  1. third-person singular preterite conjunct of scaraid