One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had besmirched the good name of his family’
sully, tarnish, blacken, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, stain, taint, smear, befoul, soil, contaminate, pollute, disgrace, dishonour, bring discredit to, stigmatize, injure, damage, debase, spoil, ruin
literary smirch, besmear
archaic breathe on, spot
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