from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To smear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To smear over; smear all over; sully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smear over or about; bedaub; overspread with any viscous matter, or with any soft substance that adheres; hence, to foul; soil; sully.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spread or daub (a surface)
Now, my English has gone to hell, but I can't ever remember using the word "besmear" even though I vaguely know what it means.
When Serpents sting, the only Remedy is – to kill the Serpent, and besmear the Wound with the Fat.
Who could believe that someone so upstanding would stoop to besmear himself in the slush of Teapot Dome?
As I was going through my dictionary, I found the word "hlamukela" meaning to besmear one's mouth.
Brian and I laughed out loud when we read your story about "besmear."
So, I enter the word in the handy-dandy online dictionary and find this: "besmear one's mouth and hands with fat when eating."
And, you know what, it does say something about a culture that has a word that means to besmear one's mouth and hands with fat when eating.
Shakespeare (in Julius Caesar) eloquently described the bright facade of this fundamentalist, political shadow in his play about another "super power": And let us bathe our hands in ... blood up to the elbows, and besmear our swords.
They seem to be almost entirely devoid of every feeling but that of gratifying their appetites; and provided the slave is well fed, and receives a regular allowance of butter and meat, and of grease to besmear his body, he cares little for the stripes or curses he receives.
I do not expect anything further in life than a succession of sheets of paper to besmear with black.
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