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English definition of “besmirch”

besmirch

verb [T] uk   /bɪˈsmɜːtʃ/ us    /-ˈsmɝːtʃ/ literary
to say bad things about someone to influence other people's opinion of them: His accusations were false, but they served to besmirch her reputation.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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