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English noun: slur

1. slur (communication) (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato

Broader (hypernym)musical notation

Narrower (hyponym)tie

Domain categorymusic

2. slur (communication) a disparaging remark

SamplesIn the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion.
It is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility.


Broader (hypernym)depreciation, derogation, disparagement

Narrower (hyponym)ethnic slur

3. slur (attribute) a blemish made by dirt

SamplesHe had a smudge on his cheek.

Synonymsblot, daub, smear, smirch, smudge, spot

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

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

English verb: slur

1. slur (creation) play smoothly or legato

SamplesThe pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata.

ExamplesThey will slur the duet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play, spiel

Domain categorymusic

2. slur (communication) speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur

SamplesYour comments are slurring your co-workers.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

3. slur (communication) utter indistinctly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

4. slur (change) become vague or indistinct

SamplesThe distinction between the two theories blurred.

Synonymsblur, dim

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)weaken

Narrower (hyponym)efface, obliterate

Antonymsfocalise, focalize, focus

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