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besmirch

be·smirch

besmirch

pronunciation:
b smuhrch
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: besmirched, besmirches, besmirching
definition 1: to tarnish or soil.
similar words:
blacken, defile, foul, soil, tarnish
definition 2: to dim or discredit.
He besmirched my honor.
antonyms:
enhance
similar words:
blacken, defile, foul, soil, tarnish
derivations: besmircher (n.), besmirchment (n.)
Word Parts
The word besmirch contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.