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English definition of “smear”

smear

noun [C] (ACCUSATION)   /smɪr/
an accusation made publicly with the intention of harming a person’s reputation: Throughout the election he had to contend with smears about his personal life. She was upset by the smear tactics used by her opponents.
(Definition of smear noun (ACCUSATION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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