besmear

[ bih-smeer ]
/ bɪˈsmɪər /

verb (used with object)

to smear all over; bedaub.
to sully; defile; soil: to besmear someone's reputation.

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Origin of besmear

before 1050; Middle English bismeren,Old English besmerian.See be-, smear

OTHER WORDS FROM besmear

be·smear·er, nounun·be·smeared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for besmear

besmear
/ (bɪˈsmɪə) /

verb (tr)

to smear over; daub
to sully; defile (often in the phrase besmear (a person's) reputation)
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