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English definition of “smear”

smear

noun [C]     /smɪər/
a lie that is told about a person or organization in order to harm their reputation: They dismissed the stories of financial malpractice as an irrelevant smear.
(Definition of smear noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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