Besmearing
Besmear Be*smear", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besmeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besmearing}.] To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil. [1913 Webster]

Besmeared with precious balm. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


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  • Besmear — Be*smear , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besmeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besmearing}.] To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil. [1913 Webster] Besmeared with precious balm. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Besmeared — Besmear Be*smear , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besmeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besmearing}.] To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil. [1913 Webster] Besmeared with precious balm. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cyphonism — Cyph o*nism (s?f ? n?z m or s? f? ), n. [Gr. ????, fr. ???? a crooked piece of wood, a sort of pillory, fr. ??? bent, stooping.] A punishment sometimes used by the ancients, consisting in the besmearing of the criminal with honey, and exposing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unction — unctionless, adj. /ungk sheuhn/, n. 1. an act of anointing, esp. as a medical treatment or religious rite. 2. an unguent or ointment; salve. 3. something soothing or comforting. 4. an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor… …   Universalium

  • pollution — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. contamination, corruption, defilement, adulteration, blight, soiling, fouling, foulness, taint, tainting, polluting, decomposition, desecration, profanation, abuse, deterioration, rottenness, spoliation, impairment, misuse …   English dictionary for students

  • besmear — (v.) O.E. bismierwan, besmyrwan (West Saxon), besmerwan (Anglian); see BE (Cf. be ) + SMEAR (Cf. smear) (v.). Related: Besmeared; besmearing …   Etymology dictionary

  • pollution — [n] dirtiness, contamination abuse, adulteration, besmearing, besmirching, blight, corruption, decomposition, defilement, desecration, deterioration, dirtying, fouling, foulness, impairment, impurity, infection, misuse, polluting, profanation,… …   New thesaurus

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