AskDefine | Define besmirch

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1 charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully]
2 smear so as to make dirty or stained [syn: smirch]

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From be- and smirch


  • italbrac RP /bɪˈsmɜːtʃ/
  • italbrac US /bɪˈsmɝːtʃ/
  • Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)tʃ


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


To make dirty; to soil
To tarnish; to debase

Extensive Definition

Dirty can refer to:
  • being like dirt (including slang usage meaning filthy)
besmirch in Italian: Dirty

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