besmudge

transitive verb be·smudge \ bi-ˈsməj , bē- \

Definition of besmudge

besmudged; besmudging; besmudges
: to soil or tarnish (someone or something) with or as if with a blurry spot or stain : smudge
  • She looked up at him, raising her swollen eyelids with a great effort, in a sorrowful expression of her drooping mouth, of her whole besmudged and tear-stained face.
  • —Joseph ConradAn Outcast of the Islands1896
  • Just as she turned onto aisle 14 … she crossed the path of Button Bowles, the famous advertising genius, who announced he had secretly obtained her husband's favorite shirt and then proceeded to besmudge it with chocolate syrup and axle grease.
  • —Tom ShalesWashington Post30 Oct. 1979
  • Northrop's unpopularity besmudged Davis when the war began to go so badly for the South.
  • —James M. McPhersonBattle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era2003
  • Thomas Penn was most upset that his reputation as an honorable man had been besmudged by Sir William's insinuations.
  • —Beth Fowkes TobinPicturing Imperial Power1999
  • … the moralists pointed to his presumption as proof that money had so besmudged the polished brightwork of the American political machinery that the presidency had become an office as easily bought as a municipal judgeship or a seat in the United States Senate.
  • —Lewis H. LaphamHarper'sApril 1996

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First Known Use of besmudge

1824


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