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smear


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smear  \Smear\  (sm[=e]r),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Smeared} 
  (sm[=e]rd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Smearing}.]  [OE.  smeren 
  smerien  AS  smierwan  smyrwan  fr  smeoru  fat,  grease;  akin 
  to  D.  smeren  OHG.  smirwen  G.  schmieren  Icel.  smyrja  to 
  anoint.  See  {Smear},  n.] 
  1.  To  overspread  with  anything  unctuous,  viscous,  or 
  adhesive;  to  daub;  as  to  smear  anything  with  oil.  ``Smear 
  the  sleepy  grooms  with  blood.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  soil  in  any  way  to  contaminate;  to  pollute;  to  stain 
  morally;  as  to  be  smeared  with  infamy.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smear  \Smear\,  n.  [OE.  smere,.  smeoru  fat,  grease;  akin  to  D. 
  smeer,  G.  schmeer,  OHG.  smero,  Icel.  smj["o]r,  Sw  &  Dan. 
  sm["o]r  butter,  Goth.  sma['i]r[thorn]r  fatness,  smarna  dung; 
  cf  Lith.  smarsas  fat.  Cf  {Smirch}.] 
  1.  A  fat,  oily  substance;  oinment.  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  Hence  a  spot  made  by  or  as  by  an  unctuous  or  adhesive 
  substance;  a  blot  or  blotch;  a  daub;  a  stain. 
 
  Slow  broke  the  morn,  All  damp  and  rolling  vapor, 
  with  no  sun,  But  in  its  place  a  moving  smear  of 
  light.  --Alexander 
  Smith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  smear 
  n  1:  slanderous  defamation  [syn:  {vilification},  {malignment}] 
  2:  a  thin  tissue  or  blood  sample  spread  on  a  glass  slide  for 
  examination  under  a  microscope 
  3:  a  blemish  made  by  dirt;  "he  had  a  smudge  on  his  cheek"  [syn: 
  {smudge},  {spot},  {blot},  {daub},  {smirch},  {slur}] 
  4:  an  act  that  brings  discredit  to  the  person  who  does  it  "he 
  made  a  huge  blot  on  his  copybook"  [syn:  {blot},  {smirch}, 
  {spot},  {stain}] 
  v  1:  spread  or  daub  over  [syn:  {bedaub},  {besmear}] 
  2:  stain  by  smearing  or  daubing  with  a  dirty  substance 
  3:  make  a  smudge  on  soil  by  smudging  [syn:  {blur},  {smudge},  {smutch}] 
  4:  cover  (a  surface)  by  smearing  (a  substance)  over  it  "smear 
  the  paint  onto  the  wall"  [syn:  {daub}] 
  5:  charge  falsely  or  with  malicious  intent;  attack  the  good 
  name  and  reputation  of  someone  "The  journalists  have 
  defamed  me!"  The  article  in  the  paper  sullied  my 
  reputation"  [syn:  {defame},  {slander},  {smirch},  {asperse}, 
  {denigrate},  {calumniate},  {sully},  {besmirch}] 




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