Synonyms of smear in English:

smear


See definition of smear

verb

1‘the table was smeared with grease’

SYNONYMS

streak, smudge, stain, mark, soil, dirty

blur

informal splotch, splodge

literary besmirch

2‘smear the meat with olive oil’

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cover, coat, grease, lard

anoint

literary bedaub

3‘she smeared sunblock on her skin’

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spread, rub, daub, slap, slather, smother, plaster, cream, slick

apply, put on, dab

literary besmear

4‘it's a campaign by people who are trying to smear our reputation’

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sully, tarnish, besmirch, blacken, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, stain, taint, damage, defame, discredit, defile, vilify, malign, slander, libel, stigmatize, calumniate

North American slur

informal do a hatchet job on

literary smirch

rare asperse, vilipend


noun

1‘a smear of yellow paint’

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streak, smudge, daub, dab, spot, patch, blotch, blob

stain, mark

informal splotch, splodge

2‘there were a number of press smears about some of his closest aides’

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false accusation, false report, false imputation, slander, libel, lie, untruth, slur, defamation, calumny, vilification

stain, taint