smear word

noun

Definition of smear word

: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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