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besmirch

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verb

  • 1 literary I'm not trying to besmirch the victim, but the woman had an extensive history of drug-related arrests
    sully, tarnish, blacken, drag through the mud/mire, stain, taint, smear, disgrace, dishonor, bring discredit to, damage, debase, ruin;
    slander, malign, defame
    literary besmear, smirch
    archaic breathe on
    [Antonyms] honor, enhance
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    into Spanish
    Word of the day tenebrous
    Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
    adjective
    dark; shadowy or obscure