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
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
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.
They scorned and smeared Hillary Clinton when she was the first lady.Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches|Robert Shrum|September 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The net effect is that Romney is, however against his own will it might be, prepared to be smeared as a tax-raiser.
A filthy scramble left him smeared and disheveled on the summit.Dragon's blood|Henry Milner Rideout
In the morning the doors were smeared with pitch, and those in the house chewed whitethorn to keep off the evil spirits.Greek and Roman Ghost Stories|Lacy Collison-Morley
In the Pullman washroom Grant collapsed to the seat and smeared soap into his eyes while he tried to check tears of laughter.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
The girl who marries him will have to be smeared with diamonds, and know the most appalling people.The Motor Maid|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
I'm the three-year-old ox, all made of straw and smeared over with pitch.More Russian Picture Tales|Valery Carrick
British Dictionary definitions for smear
verb (mainly tr)
- a slanderous attack
- (as modifier)smear tactics