What does besmirch mean?

besmirch meaning in General Dictionary

To smirch or soil to discolor to confuse For this reason To dishonor to sully

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  • charge falsely or with destructive intention; attack the good name and trustworthiness of some one
  • smear in order to make dirty or stained
  • To smirch or soil; to discolor; to confuse. Thus: To dishonor; to sully.

besmirch meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from be- + smirch. Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht. ["Henry V," IV.iii.110] Associated: Besmirched; besmirching.


besmirch meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. For this reason: To dishonor; to sully.