• WordNet 3.6
    • v besmirch 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"
    • v besmirch smear so as to make dirty or stained
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Besmirch To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • besmirch To soil; discolor, as with soot or mud; hence, to sully; obscure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Besmirch be-smirch′ to soil, as with smoke or soot: to sully
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In literature:

But since that time the barbarous castigation of her father had beclouded and besmirched her very soul.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
She combed my hair, and wiped away the tears that besmirched my face.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
He hinted to Robert that Susan's history was besmirched with shame.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
But the roads were so full of stones, holes and bogs, that I was delayed, besmirched, and bruised.
"Niels Klim's journey under the ground" by Baron Ludvig Holberg
An erring son is a common thing; and an erring brother doesn't necessarily besmirch a sister's honor.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
He had besmirched Alain's reputation.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
If you do anything to besmirch our family name, you'll take the consequences.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
If they are, then nothing can besmirch them.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
Be seated, M. de Tonty; no one in my presence will be permitted to besmirch the honor of Captain la Chesnayne's daughter.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
But let anyone again besmirch the character of Don Anastasio!
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

In news:

In a conversation on Tuesday with The Real Estate, the developer Aby Rosen did his best to besmirch the knight in a white suit who tried to rescue 980 Madison in the Times this weekend.
But for them to go after the UN ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi To besmirch her reputation i.
Computer keyboards can get easily besmirched with food, dirt and germs just like other frequently touched items such as door knobs and money.
Grandpa Bernie, on the other hand, was sentenced to 150 years in prison for masterminding a $65 billion scheme that cleaned out investors and besmirched a once-legendary Wall Street name.
The Council of PR Firms and PRSA remain sadly silent over a series of ethical lapses that have further besmirched the image of PR in recent weeks.
When the Porsche Cayenne debuted in 2003 purists held their noses, panning the SUV as an aberration that besmirched the image of an esteemed racing brand.
But critics say it besmirches the ruins.
Left has a history of using aberrations to besmirch America's military.
Raonic's own performance wasn't besmirched by a bunch of those as it had been in other losses to top 10 players this year.
Fight judging besmirches city's reputation .
The besmirched hero of Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen's valentine to swing-era jazz and the furies of creative temperament, is a fictitious '30s guitarist called Emmet Ray.
But don't let continuous co-opting besmirch the cool stuff.