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English definition of “smear”

smear

noun [C] (ACCUSING)    /smɪər/ US  /smɪr/
an attempt to harm someone's reputation by publicly accusing them of something that is unpleasant, unreasonable, or unlikely to be true: The prime minister has dismissed the allegations as smears and innuendo. She claims she was the victim of a smear campaign (= repeated attempts to damage her reputation).Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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