Definition of besmirched:
cruddy, grungy, grubby, muddy, grimy, damaged, filthy, nasty, mucky, unclean, spotted, dusty, tainted, blemished, bedraggled, sordid, dingy, tarnished, uncleanly, draggled, black, begrimed, flyblown, stained, smutty, sullied, foul, bemired, grotty.
- dirtied (part of speech: verb)
- slandered (part of speech: verb)
And well they might, for, one and all, their countenances were besmirched with black in a series of concentric rings which caused them to resemble Zulu chiefs or American- Indian warriors on the warpath.- "The School by the Sea", Angela Brazil.
It was as though a mourner, shut in for years with sacred memories, became suddenly aware that all the time, in a sordid world outside, these very memories had been the sport of an unkind and insolent chatter that besmirched them.- "The Testing of Diana Mallory", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
- "The Day of Judgment", Joseph Hocking.