verb (used with object)
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Origin of smear
OTHER WORDS FROM smearsmearer, nounun·smeared, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for smear
They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election|Molly Ball|February 4, 2021|Time
Begin with a smear of pâte di bottarga, fish roe whipped with anchovies and tuna, then sip broth fortified by pasta and potatoes.Take a culinary journey with these new travel-inspired cookbooks|Jen Rose Smith|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
There was no doubt that the dark red smear left on the first-floor bust of Zachary Taylor was blood.The Breach of the Capitol Spooked Us — As It Should Have|Philip Elliott|January 7, 2021|Time
The secretary sought to attack the woman’s credibility by saying she had a history of making baseless complaints — a false smear according to the woman and investigators.VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds|by Isaac Arnsdorf|December 10, 2020|ProPublica
Bailey adds she is dismayed by the visceral tone of many copyright debates, and particularly by smears leveled at Samuelson, whose integrity she says is unimpeachable.As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges|Jeff|November 28, 2020|Fortune
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A militarized strike force onstage, attired in all black with faces smeared in black as though prepped for a nighttime raid.
They described him as clad in black, his face smeared with mud.
In the first, we met two muscular young men, almost naked and smeared with a blood-like substance.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights|Tim Teeman|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The line between author and audience has been smeared beyond all recognition.
Is she the woman whose face powder was smeared on Jack Carlson's lapel?
From his neck to his heels he was smeared with mud, and his tidy tunic was torn into ragged holes.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
You can't mix colors with any degree of certainty if the palette is smeared with all sorts of tints.The Painter in Oil|Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
The long war-arrow, weighted with a blazing mass of pitch-smeared 211 moss, stuck in a log a few inches below my peephole.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
Henry Burns was not surprised to discover that the rock was smeared all over with spots of black paint.The Rival Campers|Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for smear
verb (mainly tr)
- a slanderous attack
- (as modifier)smear tactics