- 1Damage (someone’s reputation): he had besmirched the good name of his familyMore example sentences
- The case has shown how easy it is for a hard-working and respected professional to have their name and reputation besmirched by one wild accusation.
- That would be truly despicable of the Senate to allow his reputation to be permanently besmirched.
- At no stage did any of these worthies think it necessary to do some fact-checking before besmirching the reputation of a former cabinet officer.
- 2 • literary Make (something) dirty or discoloured: the ground was besmirched with bloodMore example sentences
- He should be besmirched with smoke, grime, and the most rancid of grease.
- His body was bruised, his hands were bleeding, and his rags were all besmirched with mud.
- The insensitive Jane firmly replied that she had no use for a husband with a flat head, a half-naked body and copper-colored skin besmirched with whale oil."