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English noun: smear

1. smear (communication) slanderous defamation

Synonymsmalignment, vilification

Broader (hypernym)calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement

2. smear (body) a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope

Synonymscytologic smear, cytosmear

Broader (hypernym)cytologic specimen

Narrower (hyponym)alimentary tract smear, bronchoscopic smear, cervical smear, lower respiratory tract smear, Pap smear, Papanicolaou smear, sputum smear, vaginal smear

3. smear (attribute) a blemish made by dirt

SamplesHe had a smudge on his cheek.

Synonymsblot, daub, slur, smirch, smudge, spot

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

Narrower (hyponym)blotch, fingermark, fingerprint, inkblot, splodge, splotch

4. smear (act) an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

SamplesHe made a huge blot on his copybook.

Synonymsblot, smirch, spot, stain

Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

English verb: smear

1. smear (contact) stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

Narrower (hyponym)besmirch, moil, smirch

2. smear (contact) make a smudge on; soil by smudging

ExamplesThe children smear the paper with grease , The children smear grease onto the paper

Synonymsblur, smudge, smutch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rub

Narrower (hyponym)dust, resmudge

3. smear (contact) cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

SamplesSmear the wall with paint.
Daub the ceiling with plaster.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)blood

Verb groupdaub

4. smear (communication) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

SamplesThe journalists have defamed me!.
The article in the paper sullied my reputation.

Synonymsasperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smirch, sully

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge

Narrower (hyponym)assassinate, badmouth, drag through the mud, libel, malign, traduce

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