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besmirch

[bih-smurch] /bɪˈsmɜrtʃ/
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
1590-1600; be- + smirch
Related forms
besmircher, noun
unbesmirched, adjective
Synonyms
2. stain, tarnish, soil, blacken, dishonor, discredit, sully, besmear.
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British Dictionary definitions for besmirching

besmirch

/bɪˈsmɜːtʃ/
verb (transitive)
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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Word Origin and History for besmirching

besmirch

v.

1590s, from be- + smirch.

Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht. ["Henry V," IV.iii.110]
Related: Besmirched; besmirching.

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