smear word


Definition of smear word

  1. :  an epithet applied to a person or group in order to degrade, blacken, or make unjust or unfounded accusations time was … when independents in politics were rare and mugwump was a smear word — W. E. Binkley strained relations may be expressed in clique formation, subtle whispers and shrugs, smear words, discrimination in clubs and dances — F. J. Brown & J. S. Roucek

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