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Examples of besmirch in a Sentence
inconsiderately besmirched the white bedsheets with their dirty feet
Recent Examples of besmirch from the Web
The report did little beyond besmirching Jones’ reputation.
Then, 24 hours later, toothpaste decorates the basin; crumbs crunch underfoot; and grease splatters besmirch the stove.
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I am deeply disappointed by these continual attacks on my integrity in an attempt to besmirch my personal and professional reputation.
But some alumni have voiced concern that by focusing on the wrongs of the 19th century, Mr. DeGioia is unnecessarily besmirching the reputation of a venerable institution.
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Did You Know?
Since the prefix be- in besmirch means "to make or cause to be," when you besmirch something, you cause it to have a smirch. What's a smirch? A smirch is a stain, and "to smirch" is to stain or make dirty. By extension, "to smirch" came to mean "to bring discredit or disgrace on." "Smirch" and "besmirch," then, mean essentially the same thing. We have William Shakespeare to thank for the variation in form. Shakespeare's 1599 use of the term in Henry V is the first known appearance of "besmirch" in English.
First Known Use of besmirch
BESMIRCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of besmirch for English Language Learners
: to cause harm or damage to (the reputation of someone or something)
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