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Verb: besmirch  bi'smurch
  1. Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
    - defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate [formal], smear, sully
  2. Smear so as to make dirty or stained
    - smirch

Derived forms: besmirched, besmirches, besmirching

Type of: accuse, charge, smear

Encyclopedia: Besmirch