Definition of smear campaign in English:

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smear campaign

Pronunciation: /smi(ə)r kamˈpān/


A plan to discredit a public figure by making false or dubious accusations.
Example sentences
  • He accused the Labor councillor and her colleagues of planning a smear campaign against him to hurt the Balance Team - a claim the councillor denies.
  • Well, Senator Kerry had to respond to these scurrilous attacks on his character as a smear campaign.
  • His write up in the newspaper smells of political witch-hunt and a political smear campaign.

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Syllabification: smear cam·paign

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