- to smear all over; bedaub.
- to sully; defile; soil: to besmear someone's reputation.
Origin of besmear
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Examples from the Web for besmeared
His bow was broken; his dress torn and besmeared with blood.Villegagnon
The youngest is besmeared up to the eyes with his, and that is the reason of their mirth.An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete
Her eyes are red, and her face and breasts are besmeared with blood.
It struggled and freed itself, leaving me besmeared with its blood.Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon
Austen H. Layard
He then besmeared his face with black, and sat down six years to lament, uttering the name of Chibiabos.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
- to smear over; daub
- to sully; defile (often in the phrase besmear (a person's) reputation)
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Word Origin and History for besmeared
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