be smirch

besmirch

[bih-smurch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to soil; tarnish; discolor.
2.
to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone's good name.

Origin:
1590–1600; be- + smirch

besmircher, noun
unbesmirched, adjective


2. stain, tarnish, soil, blacken, dishonor, discredit, sully, besmear.
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besmirch (bɪˈsmɜːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  to make dirty; soil
2.  to reduce the brightness or lustre of
3.  to sully (often in the phrase besmirch (a person's) name)

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besmirch
1590s, from be- + smirch.
"Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht." ["Henry V," IV.iii.110]
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