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smear

verb

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1 to rub an oily or sticky substance over
  • the toddler gleefully smeared her hair and face with maple syrup

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2 to make untrue and harmful statements about
  • he is willing to smear his opponent if doing so would win the election

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smear

noun

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1 as in libel, slander

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2 as in spot, stain

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The first known use of smear was before the 12th century

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“Smear.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/smear. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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