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be·smirch

 (bĭ-smûrch′)
tr.v. be·smirched, be·smirch·ing, be·smirch·es
1. To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
2. To make dirty; soil.

be·smirch′er n.
be·smirch′ment n.

besmirch

(bɪˈsmɜːtʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to make dirty; soil
2. to reduce the brightness or lustre of
3. to sully (often in the phrase besmirch (a person's) name)

be•smirch

(bɪˈsmɜrtʃ)

v.t.
1. to soil; sully.
2. to detract from the honor or luster of.
[1590–1600]
be•smirch′er, n.

besmirch


Past participle: besmirched
Gerund: besmirching

Imperative
besmirch
besmirch
Present
I besmirch
you besmirch
he/she/it besmirches
we besmirch
you besmirch
they besmirch
Preterite
I besmirched
you besmirched
he/she/it besmirched
we besmirched
you besmirched
they besmirched
Present Continuous
I am besmirching
you are besmirching
he/she/it is besmirching
we are besmirching
you are besmirching
they are besmirching
Present Perfect
I have besmirched
you have besmirched
he/she/it has besmirched
we have besmirched
you have besmirched
they have besmirched
Past Continuous
I was besmirching
you were besmirching
he/she/it was besmirching
we were besmirching
you were besmirching
they were besmirching
Past Perfect
I had besmirched
you had besmirched
he/she/it had besmirched
we had besmirched
you had besmirched
they had besmirched
Future
I will besmirch
you will besmirch
he/she/it will besmirch
we will besmirch
you will besmirch
they will besmirch
Future Perfect
I will have besmirched
you will have besmirched
he/she/it will have besmirched
we will have besmirched
you will have besmirched
they will have besmirched
Future Continuous
I will be besmirching
you will be besmirching
he/she/it will be besmirching
we will be besmirching
you will be besmirching
they will be besmirching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been besmirching
you have been besmirching
he/she/it has been besmirching
we have been besmirching
you have been besmirching
they have been besmirching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been besmirching
you will have been besmirching
he/she/it will have been besmirching
we will have been besmirching
you will have been besmirching
they will have been besmirching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been besmirching
you had been besmirching
he/she/it had been besmirching
we had been besmirching
you had been besmirching
they had been besmirching
Conditional
I would besmirch
you would besmirch
he/she/it would besmirch
we would besmirch
you would besmirch
they would besmirch
Past Conditional
I would have besmirched
you would have besmirched
he/she/it would have besmirched
we would have besmirched
you would have besmirched
they would have besmirched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.besmirch - 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"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"
2.besmirch - smear so as to make dirty or stainedbesmirch - smear so as to make dirty or stained
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

besmirch

verb tarnish, damage, soil, stain, smear, taint, blacken, daub, slander, sully, dishonour, defame, drag through the mud, smirch Lawyers can besmirch reputations.

besmirch

verb
1. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
Translations

besmirch

[bɪˈsmɜːtʃ] VTmanchar, mancillar

besmirch

[bɪˈsmɜːrtʃ] vt (= sully) [+ reputation] → ternir, entacher
to besmirch sb → diffamer qn

besmirch

vt (lit, fig)beschmutzen, besudeln

besmirch

[bɪˈsmɜːtʃ] vt (liter) → screditare
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