Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To blacken with smut; foul with soot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To blacken with smut; to foul with soot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blacken with smut; foul with soot.

Etymologies

From be- +‎ smut. Compare Old English besmittian ("to pollute, defile"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hypocrisy and a spirit of error will so besmut God's ordinances, that he shall take no pleasure in them: but sincerity, and honesty in duties, will make even those circumstances that in themselves are indifferent, at least comely in the sight of men.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

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