American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
- v. To make dirty; soil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To soil; discolor, as with soot or mud; hence, to sully; obscure.
- v. transitive To make dirty; to soil.
- v. transitive To tarnish, especially someone's reputation; to debase.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully.
- v. smear so as to make dirty or stained
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- From be- + smirch. (Wiktionary)
“GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A warning from Michael Jackson's attorney to those who want to -- quote -- "besmirch" the king of pop's reputation.”
“The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has disputed Mhlongo's testimony, saying he was being used to "besmirch" the ANC.”
“The TRC's findings were also "capricious and arbitrary" and would "besmirch" the legitimate struggle against apartheid ..”
“Villa issued a statement on Wednesday accusing Sunderland of trying to "besmirch" the club's name, but the row shows few signs of abating as Bruce attempts to plug a gap made all the more sizeable by the news that loan signing Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery to repair a torn knee cartilage and will be sidelined for up to eight weeks.”
“Lashing out at critics trying to "besmirch" Mr. Tharoor by "presenting me as a proxy for him," Ms. Pushkar, whom the Minister was reportedly planning to marry, said it was "insulting for me as a woman and a friend.”
“Lashing out at critics trying to "besmirch" Tharoor by "presenting me as a proxy for him",”
“(BTW, Svalgaard delivers a very powerful rebuttal of the PU website so many EU proponents like to cite (it's 22nd June, 17:43:13, or search "besmirch": "The website is basically fraudulent in its claims and reflects the pseudo-science of its promoter.”
“Any allusions to ties with Jack Abramoff are completely unfounded and are clearly partisan attacks meant to besmirch his stellar reputation.”
“I do not wish to entirely besmirch Mr. West's time in the sun, as he's attempting something other musicians have failed to do well; in fact, I wish a mentor and Creative Director would step in to push him further along.”
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