Definition of besmirch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

besmirch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they besmirch
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃ//
 
he / she / it besmirches
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃɪz//
 
past simple besmirched
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃt//
 
past participle besmirched
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃt//
 
-ing form besmirching
BrE BrE//bɪˈsmɜːtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsmɜːrtʃɪŋ//
 
 
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besmirch somebody/something (formal) to damage the opinion that people have of somebody/something synonym sully He had deliberately set out to besmirch her reputation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: besmirch