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as in:  besmirch his reputation

This examination room, for example, is a disgrace and besmirchment upon our practice.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  to attack the good name and reputation of someone
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"Besmirch" is most commonly encountered in classic literature.

A less common meaning is "to make dirty or stained".
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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
  • At the present instant one of the most revered names in England is being besmirched by a blackmailer, and only I can stop a disastrous scandal.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • We’re going to make this a business deal, gentlemen, so that your dubious records won’t be further besmirched.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • My unclean hands and lips besmirch the purity of his love.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I besmirch the milk of thy duty.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Occasional rents in the besmirched sky allowed pale bars of light to strike the ground, where they remained, like pillars of translucent glass, until they were truncated by the shifting clouds.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • His body was bruised, his hands were bleeding, and his rags were all besmirched with mud.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees—BLOOD.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I’ve besmirched my name.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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  • The king was flushed and wild-eyed, his armor besmirched with filth from combat.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Kalganov looked as though he had been besmirched with dirt.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Master Lenehan at this made return that he had heard of those nefarious deeds and how, as he heard hereof counted, he had besmirched the lily virtue of a confiding female which was corruption of minors and they all intershowed it too, waxing merry and toasting to his fathership.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Perhaps he loves you now; And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch The virtue of his will: but you must fear, His greatness weigh’d, his will is not his own; For he himself is subject to his birth: He may not, as unvalu’d persons do, Carve for himself; for on his choice depends The safety and health of this whole state; And therefore must his choice be circumscrib’d Unto the voice and yielding of that body Whereof he is the head.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Tereza did not believe that Tomas meant to leave her for the woman, but the happiness of their two years in the country now seemed besmirched by lies.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She trolled out with the others the hymn: How pleasant ’tis on Sabbath morn To gather in the church And there I’ll have no carnal thoughts, Nor sin shall me besmirch.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • You will not besmirch my family.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The Long Summer will come again before that . one would besmirch his precious honor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Roughspun tents and miserable hovels made of mud and scrap wood besmirched the pristine white marble.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • For those of us who want to improve the United States and keep it the greatest nation in the world, we must be aware of the true heroes who have made the country great as well as the villains who have besmirched it.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • There were too many people, provincials with foolish faces, foreigners poring over guide-books; their hideousness besmirched the everlasting masterpieces, their restlessness troubled the god’s immortal repose.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The earth is so small that I was afraid of, some day, being waylaid by a blear-eyed, swollen-faced, besmirched loafer, with no soles to his canvas shoes, and with a flutter of rags about the elbows, who, on the strength of old acquaintance, would ask for a loan of five dollars.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He accused her of taking her pleasure with Clara while he was away, and of besmirching the names of the children, the honor of the house, and the memory of their dear departed mother, and told her he was sick and tired of her evil tricks and that he was throwing her out of the house.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Anna, I don’t know what shocks me more in all this: that someone preys upon their desperate fellows, or that they besmirch the memory of Anys Gowdie in passing themselves off as her shade, or that people here are so desperate and credulous that they listen to these midnight whisperings and pay their last mite for these worthless amulets.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • "It may be," he replied, "because I will not encounter the dishonour that besmirches the husband of a faithless woman.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’— FILTHY HALF-BREEDS, BESMIRCHING THE HOUSE OF MY FATHERS —’ Hermione came hurrying into the room looking flustered, just as Harry was putting on his trainers.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ". paramour," Ser Barristan finished, before the Dornish knight could say anything that might besmirch the queen’s honor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • She dare not besmirch the name of the hero of Dragonstone.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • ’You dare speak his name with your unworthy lips, you dare besmirch it with your half-blood’s tongue, you dare —’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Don’t besmirch that.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If you were a man, I would kill you for that, but my sword is made of too fine a steel to besmirch with craven’s blood."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
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