besmirch

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Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ smirch.

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besmirch (third-person singular simple present besmirches, present participle besmirching, simple past and past participle besmirched)

  1. (transitive) To make dirty; to soil.
  2. (transitive) To tarnish something, especially someone's reputation; to debase.
    The newspaper was on a campaign to besmirch the actor.

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