Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb besmirch

2 senses of besmirch

Sense 1
defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, 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")
       => charge, accuse -- (blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference")

Sense 2
smirch, besmirch -- (smear so as to make dirty or stained)
       => smear -- (stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance)

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