- to soil; tarnish; discolor.
- to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone's good name.
Origin of besmirch
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2. stain, tarnish, soil, blacken, dishonor, discredit, sully, besmear.
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Examples from the Web for besmirch
I hate to besmirch the reputation of an innocent dog, but a lot of time her personality is like a rabid pit bull.Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story
February 14, 2012
If anyone is working round the clock to besmirch the reputation of Pit Bulls it is Pit Bulls themselves.Get Rid of Pit Bulls
March 12, 2010
Xenie, will you permit this man to besmirch the name of him whom God hath sent to you?The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
Also I want to besmirch the rich, by designating them by a slang expression.Moral
It was too beautiful to risk or endanger or besmirch with any danger of scandal.Excuse Me!
She had nothing but her reputation, and I was about to besmirch it!My Neighbor Raymond (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XI)
Charles Paul de Kock
I will idealise you until you besmirch yourself—but you are no child, to do that unknowingly.The Barrier</p>
- to make dirty; soil
- to reduce the brightness or lustre of
- to sully (often in the phrase besmirch (a person's) name)
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Word Origin and History for besmirch
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