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besmirch

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Definition to attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • 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
  • ".... 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
  • You will not besmirch my family.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • My unclean hands and lips besmirch the purity of his love.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Roughspun tents and miserable hovels made of mud and scrap wood besmirched the pristine white marble.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Kalganov looked as though he had been besmirched with dirt.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I've besmirched my name.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This examination room, for example, is a disgrace and besmirchment upon our practice.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The king was flushed and wild-eyed, his armor besmirched with filth from combat.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The Long Summer will come again before that . one would besmirch his precious honor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • We're going to make this a business deal, gentlemen, so that your dubious records won't be further besmirched.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Better that your Jonathan die than that an angel be so besmirched.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "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
  • 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
  • '— FILTHY HALF-BREEDS, BESMIRCHING THE HOUSE OF MY FATHERS —'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I besmirch the milk of thy duty.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • His body was bruised, his hands were bleeding, and his rags were all besmirched with mud.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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