Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Besmirch'
- 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]
- smear so as to make dirty or stained [syn: smirch]
- 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.
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)[See more about Besmirch at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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