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The Scarlet Letter
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besmirch -- as in: besmirch his reputation
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • "It may be," he replied, "because I will not encounter the dishonour that besmirches the husband of a faithless woman.

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  • This examination room, for example, is a disgrace and besmirchment upon our practice.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Better that your Jonathan die than that an angel be so besmirched.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls

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