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Besmirch   Listen
Besmirch  v. t.  (past & past part. besmirched; pres. part. besmirching)  To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully.

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"Besmirch" Quotes from Famous Books

... as an artist. If he gave the matter an innocent interpretation, and did not merely say to himself, 'She has lost a husband and found a lover,' it was because the woman herself had awakened in him fresh sources of judgement. His thoughts simply did not dare besmirch her. ...
— Fenwick's Career • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... that it is utterly impossible for the intellectually honest scientist, and for that matter any individual, to reconcile science with religion. On the one hand, that of religion, we have the forces of intolerance, superstition, and the endeavor to besmirch, repress, and ridicule every advance favorable to mankind; to cloak with meaningless words obsolete rites, to stand in the way of human progress, because it does not permit men to think boldly and logically. Science, on the other hand, does not hesitate to tear down old conceptions, and has ...
— The Necessity of Atheism • Dr. D.M. Brooks

... old Duc de Marny, a feeble old man now, almost a dotard whose hitherto spotless blason, the young Vicomte, his son, was doing his best to besmirch. ...
— I Will Repay • Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Words linked to "Besmirch" :   drag through the mud, malign, denigrate, libel, defame, sully, accuse, smirch, charge, smear, slander, traduce

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