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Besmirch Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    besmirch v
  1. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully]
  2. smear so as to make dirty or stained [syn: smirch]
Besmirch Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Besmirch \Be*smirch"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Besmirched; p. pr. & vb. n. Besmirching.] To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully. --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Besmirch'


Dirt, is unclean matter, especially when in contact with a person's clothes, skin or possessions when they are said to become dirty. "Grimy" or "filthy" are also commonly used descriptive words. Common types of dirt include soil, soot and dust. Computer keyboards are especially dirty as, on average, they contain 70 times more microbes than a lavatory seat.

When things are dirty, they are usually cleaned with solutions like hard surface cleaner and other chemicals; much domestic activity is for this purpose — washing, sweeping and so forth.

In a commercial setting, a dirty appearance will give a bad impression of a place such as a restaurant. The dirt in such cases may be classified as temporary, permanent and deliberate. Temporary dirt is streaks and detritus that may be removed by ordinary daily cleaning. Permanent dirt is ingrained stains or physical damage which require major renovation to remove. Deliberate dirt is that which results from design decisions such as decor in dirty yellow or grunge styling. (jarret grays)

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  • Revival tours are not for us, says Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp
    Spandau Ballet insisted they would never “besmirch” their reputation by joining an Eighties revival tour as they today announced plans for a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall. Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'
  • Gov. Nixon: Ferguson robbery video had "incendiary effect"
    After another night of violent unrest, Mo. gov. decries local cops' decision to "besmirch" killed teen with video of him allegedly robbing store Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'
  • Fred Flintstone Fan Calls Out Columnist For Ray Rice Comparison
    Whatever you do, don’t besmirch the good name of Fred Flintstone, one newspaper reader is... Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'

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