be·​smog | \ bi-ˈsmäg How to pronounce besmog (audio) , bē- \
besmogged; besmogging; besmogs

Definition of besmog

1 : to fill (an area) with smog It has since fallen prey to the concrete tentacles of outward-thrusting San Jose, which has besmogged what was once a garden spot of the world.— Thomas Andrew Bailey, The American Pageant Revisited, 1982 As a consequence of this increasing urban concentration, cities and their surroundings have become increasingly congested, cluttered, blighted and besmogged.The President's Council on Recreation and Natural Beauty, From Sea to Shining Sea, 1968 Pollution in Los Angeles is a serious health hazard, but how may the citizens of that besmogged metropolis sue?— Ralph Nader, The Ralph Nader Reader, 2000
2 : to obscure (something) as if with smog The blurry line between television news and show business was further besmogged recently by a “Special All-Star Issue” of TV Guide, that drum beater for commercial television.— Walter Goodman, New York Times, 9 May 1996

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First Known Use of besmog

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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