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Synonyms for smear
smɪər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smear, vilification, malignment(noun)

    slanderous defamation

    Synonyms:
    malignment, revilement, smudge, slur, spot, vilification, insult, cytosmear, cytologic smear, contumely, blot, stain, smirch, abuse, daub

  2. smear, cytologic smear, cytosmear(noun)

    a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope

    Synonyms:
    malignment, smudge, slur, spot, vilification, cytosmear, cytologic smear, blot, stain, smirch, daub

  3. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur(noun)

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

    Synonyms:
    smudge, bit, patch, dapple, office, speckle, pip, touch, cytosmear, place, aspersion, daub, fleck, cytologic smear, maculation, slur, post, stain, malignment, position, smirch, vilification, billet, blot, spotlight, spot, point, situation, berth, topographic point

  4. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain(verb)

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

    Synonyms:
    vilification, billet, berth, blot, place, spot, mark, grunge, touch, dapple, discolouration, post, grease, spotlight, topographic point, point, bit, brand, position, cytosmear, grime, stigma, fleck, slur, dirt, maculation, daub, speckle, malignment, smudge, filth, discoloration, smirch, situation, office, stain, soil, pip, cytologic smear, patch

  5. smear(verb)

    stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

    Synonyms:
    smudge, blur, asperse, defame, denigrate, slander, calumniate, smutch, smirch, sully, besmirch, daub

  6. smear, blur, smudge, smutch(verb)

    make a smudge on; soil by smudging

    Synonyms:
    besmirch, smudge, asperse, dim, smutch, calumniate, confuse, denigrate, daub, film over, slander, blur, slur, sully, glaze over, blear, smirch, defame, obscure, obnubilate

  7. daub, smear(verb)

    cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

    "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"

    Synonyms:
    smudge, blur, asperse, plaster, defame, denigrate, slander, calumniate, smutch, smirch, sully, besmirch, daub

  8. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch(verb)

    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

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

    Synonyms:
    besmirch, smudge, asperse, maculate, taint, smutch, calumniate, tarnish, denigrate, minimize, slander, blur, defile, sully, stain, daub, smirch, defame, corrupt, belittle, cloud, derogate

Wiktionary

  1. smear(noun)

    To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing.

    The artist smeared paint over the canvas in broad strokes.

    Synonyms:
    streak

  2. smear(verb)

    To have a substance smeared on (a surface).

    She smeared her lips with lipstick.

    Synonyms:
    Pap smear, Pap test, layer, coat, cover

  3. smear(verb)

    Synonyms:
    spread

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. smear

    Synonyms:
    daub, plaster, spatter, tarnish, besmear, coat, begrime, varnish, incrust

    Antonyms:
    abrade, levigate, polish, scour, scrape

Editors Contribution

  1. make black

    Submitted by anonymous on December 17, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. smear(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    daub, bedaub, besmear, plaster, begrime, PAY

  2. smear(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    contaminate, soil, stain, pollute, tarnish, sully

  3. smear(n.)

    Synonyms:
    daub, stain

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. smear(n)

    Synonyms:
    smooch, smutch, blotch, daub

  2. smear(v)

    Synonyms:
    besmear, daub

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    pap, blemish, defamatory, soiling, mancha, slander, blurring

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How to use smear in a sentence?

  1. Rob Porter:

    Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. Rob Porter, meanwhile, pushed back strongly on the allegations in the press. These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign, my commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave White House.

  2. James Mitchell:

    The suggestion that the men and women of the CIA who put their lives on the line after 9/11 lied to the Senate, lied to the President and used bogus intelligence for some nefarious reason that's unknown, people gave their lives to protect the American people. And the last thing the Democrats want to do as they leave office is to smear their memory. It's despicable.

  3. Guo Ping:

    The U.S. Government is sparing no effort to smear the company and mislead the public.

  4. Professor House:

    We envisioned and tested the concept of simultaneously treating astronauts’ waste with microbes while producing a biomass that is edible either directly or indirectly, depending on safety concerns, it’s a little strange, but the concept would be a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite, where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo’.

  5. John Kelly:

    This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes.


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