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1. besmirch

verb. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.

Synonyms

  • sully
  • defame
  • smear
  • accuse
  • denigrate
  • charge
  • drag through the mud
  • traduce
  • slander
  • calumniate
  • badmouth
  • smirch
  • assassinate
  • libel
  • asperse

Antonyms

  • benign
  • beneficent
  • benignancy
  • kind

Etymology

  • be- (English)
  • be- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • smirch (English)

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2. besmirch

verb. smear so as to make dirty or stained.

Synonyms

  • smear

Antonyms

  • clean
  • uncover

Etymology

  • be- (English)
  • be- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • smirch (English)

Example sentences of the word besmirch


1. Verb, base form
Whether from a sudden fire or years of cigarette use, smoke damage can besmirch a wall with unsightly black or yellow staining and a lasting acrid stench.

2. Noun, singular or mass
The sole purpose of this clique is to malign, ridicule, belittle and besmirch.

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