Share this entry


Synonyms of besmirch in English:


  • 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
    literarybesmear, smirch
    archaicbreathe on
    [Antonyms] honor, enhance
  • Definition of besmirch in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources