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smear

Synonyms of smear in English:

verb

  • 1 the table was smeared with grease
    streak, smudge, mark, soil, dirty
    informalsplotch
    literarybesmear
  • 2 smear the meat with olive oil
    cover, coat, grease
    literarybedaub
  • 3 she smeared sunblock on her skin
    spread, rub, daub, slap, slather, smother, plaster, slick;
    apply
    literarybesmear
  • 4 they are trying to smear our reputation
    sully, tarnish, blacken, drag through the mud, taint, damage, defame, discredit, malign, slander, libel, slur
    informaldo a hatchet job on
    formalcalumniate, impugn
    literarybesmirch
  • noun

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  • 1 smears of blood
  • 2 they printed smears about his closest aides
    false accusation, lie, untruth, slur, slander, libel, defamation, calumny
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