• (RP) IPA: /bɪˈsmɜːtʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /bɪˈsmɝːtʃ/

besmirch (besmirches, present participle besmirching; past and past participle besmirched)

  1. (transitive, literary) To make dirty.
    Synonyms: soil
  2. (transitive) To tarnish something, especially someone's reputation.
    Synonyms: debase, smear, slander
    The newspaper was on a campaign to besmirch the actor.
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