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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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