- To besmirch is to dirty or spoil something or to damage someone's reputation
- When you spill something on the floor and make it dirty, this is an example of a time when the floor is besmirched with dirt.
- When you spread a rumor about someone, this is an example of a time when you besmirch his reputation.
besmirch definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- to make dirty; soil
- to bring dishonor to; sully
Origin: be- plush smirch
besmirch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb be·smirched, be·smirch·ing, be·smirch·es
- To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
- To make dirty; soil.
- be·smirchˈer noun
- be·smirchˈment noun