Smearing
Smear Smear (sm[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smeared} (sm[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Smearing}.] [OE. smeren, smerien, AS. smierwan, smyrwan, fr. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D. smeren, OHG. smirwen, G. schmieren, Icel. smyrja to anoint. See {Smear}, n.] 1. To overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; to daub; as, to smear anything with oil. ``Smear the sleepy grooms with blood.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain morally; as, to be smeared with infamy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To smudge, blur, or render indistinct (writing, pictures, etc.). [PJC]

4. to vilify (a person); to damage (a person's reputation), especially falsely or by unfair innuendo, and with malicious intent. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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