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Definition of besmirch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    besmirch somebody/something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they besmirch
    he / she / it besmirches
    past simple besmirched
    -ing form besmirching
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  1. 1to damage the opinion that people have of someone or something synonym sully
  2. 2 He had deliberately set out to besmirch her reputation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: besmirch