Besmirch



to soil; tarnish; discolor.
to detract from the honor or luster of:
to besmirch someone’s good name.
Contemporary Examples

If anyone is working round the clock to besmirch the reputation of Pit Bulls it is Pit Bulls themselves.
Get Rid of Pit Bulls Charles Leerhsen March 11, 2010

I hate to besmirch the reputation of an innocent dog, but a lot of time her personality is like a rabid pit bull.
Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story Kevin Sessums February 13, 2012

Historical Examples

Do honest men, believing in themselves, besmirch their own honor by deliberate lying?
My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook

Xenie, will you permit this man to besmirch the name of him whom God hath sent to you?
The Minister of Evil William Le Queux

It was too beautiful to risk or endanger or besmirch with any danger of scandal.
Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes

Also I want to besmirch the rich, by designating them by a slang expression.
Moral Ludwig Thoma

But Diaz cares immensely about the fair name of Mexico, which they knew they had done for years all they could to besmirch.
The American Egypt Channing Arnold

She had nothing but her reputation, and I was about to besmirch it!
My Neighbor Raymond (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XI) Charles Paul de Kock

Thus, desirous to hide his cruelty, he chose rather to besmirch his friend than to bring disgrace on his own head.
The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus (“Saxo the Learned”)

Love was too fine and noble, and he was too loyal a lover for him to besmirch love with criticism.
Martin Eden Jack London

verb (transitive)
to make dirty; soil
to reduce the brightness or lustre of
to sully (often in the phrase besmirch (a person’s) name)
v.

1590s, from be- + smirch.

Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht. [“Henry V,” IV.iii.110]

Related: Besmirched; besmirching.

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