Synonyms of 'smear'
to apply (a greasy or sticky substance) thicklySmear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.
to spread false and damaging rumours (about)a crude attempt to smear her
He has been questioned on suspicion of slandering the politician.
His image was tarnished by the savings and loans scandal.
We maligned him dreadfully, assuming the very worst about him.
He was vilified and forced into exile.
blacken, , ,
They're trying to blacken our name.
traduce (formal), , ,
They have been traduced in the press as xenophobic bigots.
drag (someone's) name through the mud
to rub so as to produce a smudgea face covered by a heavy beard, smeared with dirt
She kissed me, careful not to smudge me with her fresh lipstick.
Young people don't want to do things that soil their hands.
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
Some foods can stain teeth, as of course can tea and coffee.
I felt loath to sully the gleaming brass knocker by handling it.
Lawyers can besmirch reputations.
a dirty mark or smudgea smear of gravy
a false but damaging rumour spread by a rival or enemya smear by his rivals
He is now suing the company for slander.
She sued them for libel over the remarks.
He was considering suing for defamation.
Clare did not deserve the vilification she was subjected to.
He alleges that he was the victim of calumny and dirty tricks.
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in the sense of bedaub
to smear over with something sticky or dirty
in the sense of besmirch
to tarnish (someone's name or reputation)Lawyers can besmirch reputations.
in the sense of blacken
to damage (someone's reputation)They're trying to blacken our name.
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