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How to use besmirch in a sentence

While Couric included some of Ginsburg’s criticism in the finished product, she decided to leave out that particular barb, concerned that it would besmirch the reputation of someone she was a “fan” of.
HERE ARE THE JUICIEST PARTS OF KATIE COURIC’S NEW TELL-ALL BOOKOCTOBER 18, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Before Sullivan, states maintained strict libel laws in an attempt to protect individuals’ reputations in their community from being besmirched unfairly.
A MAJOR SUPREME COURT FIRST AMENDMENT DECISION COULD BE AT RISKSAMANTHA BARBASJULY 13, 2021WASHINGTON POST
His Pucelle is a diabolical attempt to besmirch the pure character of Joan of Arc.
THE WAR UPON RELIGIONREV. FRANCIS A. CUNNINGHAM
I will idealise you until you besmirch yourself—but you are no child, to do that unknowingly.
THE BARRIERALLEN FRENCH
She had remained silent that she might not besmirch her father's name, and also, perhaps, that she might protect the other woman.
THE HOLLADAY CASEBURTON E. STEVENSON
Soil it—yes; besmirch it, render it superficially unclean, unfit, nauseous—yes.
THE YOUNGER SETROBERT W. CHAMBERS
He had come to Italy to redeem the name of the house of Gobignon, not besmirch it further.
THE SARACEN: THE HOLY WARROBERT SHEA
Also I want to besmirch the rich, by designating them by a slang expression.
MORALLUDWIG THOMA
It was too beautiful to risk or endanger or besmirch with any danger of scandal.
EXCUSE ME!RUPERT HUGHES
She had nothing but her reputation, and I was about to besmirch it!
MY NEIGHBOR RAYMOND (NOVELS OF PAUL DE KOCK VOLUME XI)CHARLES PAUL DE KOCK
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO BESMIRCH

  • besmear
  • besmirch
  • bespatter
  • blacken
  • blemish
  • blot
  • blotch
  • contaminate
  • degrade
  • dirty
  • discredit
  • disgrace
  • dishonor
  • pollute
  • smear
  • smudge
  • soil
  • stain
  • sully
  • taint
  • tarnish
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