Translation of smear in Spanish:

smear

Pronunciation: /smɪr; smɪə(r)/

noun/nombre

  • 1 (stain) mancha (feminine) there was a smear of lipstick on his collar tenía una mancha or una marca de lápiz labial en el cuello
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    • He slid down the wall, leaving a smear of blood to mark his trail, he struggled to keep his eyes open as he saw a figure move towards him.
    • This is because the tubular orange or yellow flowers end with the petals opening wide to look like a mouth which has a large glossy black splodge on it that looks like a smear of sticky jam.
    • Across one cheek was a scrape; tiny smears of dried blood speckled her mottled skin below her eye.
  • 2 (slander, slur) calumnia (feminine) he was the subject of an attempted smear intentaron difamarlo or desprestigiarlo
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    • Prime Minister Tony Blair and his colleagues took Gilligan's report as a serious smear on their reputations.
    • Secondly, many if not most false negative smears can be detected on re-examination, but what does this mean from the legal point of view?
    • Yesterday The Guardian printed a report by John Sutherland branding bloggers of unfairly smearing Rachel Corries' good name - the article then proceeded to indulge in some choice smears of its own.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (spread, daub) to smear sth on(to)/over sth [paint/grease] embadurnar algo de algo [butter] untar algo con algo the child smeared paint all over the mirror el niño embadurnó todo el espejo de pintura he smeared the butter thinly on the bread untó el pan con una capa fina de mantequillato smear sth with sth she smeared her face with cream se embadurnó la cara de or con crema the walls were smeared with filth las paredes estaban cubiertas de mugre her face was smeared with blood tenía la cara manchada de sangre, tenía la cara ensangrentada 1.2 (smudge) [make-up/ink/paint] correr don't smear my lipstick ¡no me corras el lápiz de labios!

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [paint/ink/lipstick] correrse

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.