besmirch

[ bih-smurch ]
/ bɪˈsmɜrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to soil; tarnish; discolor.
to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone's good name.

Nearby words

  1. besiege,
  2. beskids,
  3. beslan,
  4. beslobber,
  5. besmear,
  6. besnier-boeck-schaumann disease,
  7. besom,
  8. besom pocket,
  9. besot,
  10. besotted

Origin of besmirch

First recorded in 1590–1600; be- + smirch

Related formsbe·smirch·er, nounun·be·smirched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for besmirch

besmirch

/ (bɪˈsmɜːtʃ) /

verb (tr)

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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