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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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  • Senate probe a circus – Binay
    Under increasing pressure to refute corruption charges, beleaguered Vice President Jejomar Binay blasted political enemies yesterday for using the Senate floor to besmirch his reputation and using discredited witnesses who have been “rejected” by Makati voters in the past. Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'
  • Binay dismisses corruption allegations as 'hearsay'
    Under increasing pressure to refute corruption charges, beleaguered Vice President Jejomar Binay blasted political enemies on Thursday for using the Senate floor to besmirch his reputation, and using discredited witnesses who have been rejected by Makati voters in the past. The Vice President, who is widely believed to be eyeing the presidency in 2016, described t Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'
  • Binay refutes corruption raps, blasts shame campaign against his family
    He came out and won’t go down without a fight. Under increasing pressure to refute corruption charges, beleaguered Vice President Jejomar C. Binay blasted political enemies yesterday for using the Senate floor to besmirch his reputation, and using discredited witnesses who have been rejected by Makati voters in the past. The Vice President, who has […] Read more on this news related to 'Besmirch'

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