besmirch
[ bih-smurch ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Early-17th century; of unclear origin
Synonyms
    1.
  • dishonor smear
    2.
  • blacken slander defile
Antonyms
    1.
  • upgrade honor
    2.
  • praise clean
Definition
1. to detract from the honor or luster of
2. to soil; tarnish; discolor
Examples
1. A) He was told, in no uncertain terms, that following through on his plan would besmirch the family name. B) The rumors were enough to besmirch his reputation, no matter how he tried to dispel them.
2. A) He didn't seem to realize how his paint choice would besmirch the walls. B) It tooks years for the rust to besmirch the statue, but neglect eventually caught up with it.
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