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Definition 1: a blemish made by dirt - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where slur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a smudge on his cheek

Synonyms for slur in the sense of this definition

(slur is a kind of ...) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

"a facial blemish"

(... is a kind of slur ) an irregularly shaped spot

(... is a kind of slur ) a smudge made by a (dirty) finger

(... is a kind of slur ) a blot made with ink

Definition 2: a disparaging remark - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where slur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in 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

Synonyms for slur in the sense of this definition

(slur is a kind of ...) a communication that belittles somebody or something

(... is a kind of slur ) a slur on someone's race or language

Definition 3: (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato - [noun denoting communication]

(slur is a kind of ...) (music) notation used by musicians

(... is a kind of slur ) (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value

(slur belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 4: become vague or indistinct - [verb of change]

Samples where slur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The distinction between the two theories blurred

Synonyms for slur in the sense of this definition

(slur is a kind of ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

(... is a kind of slur ) remove completely from recognition or memory

"efface the memory of the time in the camps"

Definition 5: utter indistinctly - [verb of communication]

(slur is a kind of ...) express in speech

"She talks a lot of nonsense" "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

Definition 6: speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur - [verb of communication]

Samples where slur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • your comments are slurring your co-workers

(slur is a kind of ...) have as a meaning

"`multi-' denotes `many' "

Definition 7: play smoothly or legato - [verb of creation]

Samples where slur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata

(slur is a kind of ...) replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam" "She played the third movement very beautifully"

(slur belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

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