Definition for smear

verb as in rub on, spread over

verb as in tarnish a reputation

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Example Sentences

Today, the vast majority of centers do not provide even basic women’s health care, like Pap smears, and many oppose the use of birth control.

From TIme

I’d laugh at smears of paint on walls and glitter ground into the rug.

From Time

Pro-Palestine activists have a long history of experiencing smear attacks targeting their places of employment or study.

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It practiced a smear campaign against leader Smalls, and reportedly spent over $4 million over the course of years to delegitimize the unionization process.

From Time

Just the right amount of torsional rigidity lets it bite deeply on edge but release in a smear.

Robyn was in her senior year of college in January 2008 when she found out she had an abnormal pap smear.

Erica was 22 when her doctor called her and said she had an abnormal pap smear.

A vicious Twitter smear campaign against the Harry Potter author may have been the work of secret agents, says one British pol.

Memorials are a crimson smear across the days—March 14, April 8, May 6, that marked our bloody spring of 2007.

The bias to protect the Clinton and smear their accusers, he added, still exists.

And then Lamb began to taste something like panic even as the first neon signs began to smear the wintry shadows.

If you will look at the paper you will observe a slight smear of blood.

And still at times she would smear him with the name of black (to his delight when he learned the reason).

A thin stream of blood ran from his mouth and dribbled down his chin and coagulated in a sticky smear upon the gun stock.

The pass had broadened into a valley, and a flat blue smear on the horizon told of earth and sky meeting beyond a plain.


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On this page you'll find 161 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to smear, such as: besmirch, blur, coat, dab, daub, and plaster.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.