smear word

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Noun1.smear word - an epithet that can be used to smear someone's reputation; "he used the smear word `communist' for everyone who disagreed with him"
epithet, name - a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
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LABOUR and the Tories use the smear word "Separatist" to attack the SNP and scare off timid voters.
There is also insufficient distinction here between the use of savage as a political smear word and the insertion of the Kanak into previously formulated theories of social development (such as the four stages model of development from hunting to commercial societies).
La Vopa analyze the German use of Schwarmer as a smear word with similarities but a distinct difference from "enthusiast.