- 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 besmear
They also besmear their bodies with grease and coloured earths.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man
Robert Gordon Latham
His intensity of loathing leads him to besmear his antagonists with filth.Swift
They make little fires during the day, sleeping at night among the warm ashes, with which they besmear their bodies.
In all history it has been shown that he who seeks to besmear others usually leaves the greatest amount of mud on himself.My Attainment of the Pole
Frederick A. Cook
When serpents sting, the only remedy is to kill the serpent, and besmear the wound with the fat.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- 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 besmear
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