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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.
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)
1. to soil; sully.
2. to detract from the honor or luster of.
Past participle: besmirched
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||besmirch - smear so as to make dirty or stained|
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
1. To contaminate the reputation of:
befoul, besmear, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty, smear, smudge, smut, soil, spatter, stain, sully, taint, tarnish.
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.