to soil; tarnish; discolor.
to detract from the honor or luster of:
to besmirch someone’s good name.
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to make dirty; soil
to reduce the brightness or lustre of
to sully (often in the phrase besmirch (a person’s) name)
Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht. [“Henry V,” IV.iii.110]
Related: Besmirched; besmirching.
a broom, especially one of brush or twigs. broom (def 2). Historical Examples Through the Mackenzie Basin Charles Mair The Manxman Hall Caine Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown The Christian Hall Caine Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman Fiesco or, The […]
- Besnier-boeck-schaumann disease
- Besom pocket
an interior pocket with edging or stitching around the opening.
to intoxicate or stupefy with drink. to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition. to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages. Historical Examples Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire […]