- 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 besmirched
He has a sense of honor and an instinct for revenge when he feels his honor has been besmirched.How McCain Got Caught in His Own Vicious Cycle
October 15, 2008
He hinted to Robert that Susan's history was besmirched with shame.A Handful of Stars
Frank W. Boreham
The walls were bare and besmirched, and upon them were several mottoes and placards.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
For as yet machinery and reeking factories had not besmirched the country-side.Mary Anerley
R. D. Blackmore
These do fear lest they be besmirched by fellowship with the mean and ailing.Star of Mercia
I know, mother, that the people's souls are foul and besmirched.Mother
- 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 besmirched
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