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Definition of "smear" []

  • To spread or daub with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms. (verb-transitive)
  • To stain by or as if by spreading or daubing with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance. (verb-transitive)
  • To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To defeat utterly; smash. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "smear" in a sentence
  • "More like “The smear starts here, constantly recited without any evidence, and when I am refuted, I call the watchdogs ‘vile’ and ’smear machines’ to motivate my braindead viewers/listeners to do what I want them to do.”"
  • "And the first one we've performed here is what we term smear negative."
  • "Putin said he decided to stay away because of what he called a smear campaign against FIFA voters that created doubts about the decision even before it was made."