verb (used with object)

  1. to smear all over; bedaub.
  2. to sully; defile; soil: to besmear someone’s reputation.

verb (tr)

  1. to smear over; daub
  2. to sully; defile (often in the phrase besmear (a person’s) reputation)

Old English bismierwan, besmyrwan (West Saxon), besmerwan (Anglian); see be- + smear (v.). Related: Besmeared; besmearing.

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