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besmirch
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Definition
to attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • 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.
    1.3 — Act 1 Scene 3 — A room in Polonius's house (12% in)

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