English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'smear'

(verb) 
Definition
to apply (a greasy or sticky substance) thickly
Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.
Synonyms
spread over
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daub
They daubed paint on the wall.
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rub on
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cover
She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
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coat
Coat the fish with seasoned flour.
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plaster
She gets sunburn even when she plasters herself in lotion.
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(verb) 
Definition
to spread false and damaging rumours (about)
a crude attempt to smear her
Synonyms
slander
He has been questioned on suspicion of slandering the politician.
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tarnish
His image was tarnished by the savings and loans scandal.
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malign
We maligned him dreadfully, assuming the very worst about him.
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vilify
He was vilified and forced into exile.
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blacken
They're trying to blacken our name.
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traduce (formal)
They have been traduced in the press as xenophobic bigots.
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asperse
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drag (someone's) name through the mud
(verb) 
Definition
to rub so as to produce a smudge
a face covered by a heavy beard, smeared with dirt
Synonyms
smudge
She kissed me, careful not to smudge me with her fresh lipstick.
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soil
Young people don't want to do things that soil their hands.
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dirty
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
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stain
Some foods can stain teeth, as of course can tea and coffee.
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sully
I felt loath to sully the gleaming brass knocker by handling it.
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besmirch
Lawyers can besmirch reputations.
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smirch
(noun) 
Definition
a dirty mark or smudge
a smear of gravy
Synonyms
smudge
smudges of blood
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daub
Apply an extra daub of colour.
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streak
There are these dark streaks on the surface of the moon.
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blot
an ink blot
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blotch
His face was covered in red blotches.
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splotch
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smirch
(noun) 
Definition
a false but damaging rumour spread by a rival or enemy
a smear by his rivals
Synonyms
slander
He is now suing the company for slander.
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libel
She sued them for libel over the remarks.
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defamation
He was considering suing for defamation.
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vilification
Clare did not deserve the vilification she was subjected to.
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whispering campaign
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calumny
He alleges that he was the victim of calumny and dirty tricks.
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mudslinging

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bedaub
Definition
to smear over with something sticky or dirty
Synonyms
smirch,
besmear
in the sense of besmirch
Definition
to tarnish (someone's name or reputation)
Lawyers can besmirch reputations.
Synonyms
drag through the mud,
smirch
in the sense of blacken
Definition
to damage (someone's reputation)
They're trying to blacken our name.
Synonyms
knock (informal),
rubbish (informal),
slag (off) (slang),
bad-mouth (slang),
bring into disrepute,
smirch,

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