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Definition 1: an act that brings discredit to the person who does it - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he made a huge blot on his copybook

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

"he made a bad mistake" "she was quick to point out my errors" "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

Definition 2: a blemish made by dirt - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • he had a smudge on his cheek

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear 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 smear ) an irregularly shaped spot

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

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

Definition 3: a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) a specimen used for cytologic examination and diagnosis

(... is a kind of smear ) any of several cytologic smears obtained from different parts of the alimentary tract; obtained by specialized lavage techniques and used mainly to diagnose cancer in those parts

(... is a kind of smear ) a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells

(... is a kind of smear ) any of several cytologic smears obtained from different parts of the lower respiratory tract; used for cytologic study of cancer and other diseases of the lungs

(... is a kind of smear ) smear taken from the vaginal mucosa for cytological analysis

Definition 4: slanderous defamation - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

Definition 5: charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone - [verb of communication]

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

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

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

"he charged the director with indifference"

(... is a kind of smear ) destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation

"He assassinated his enemy's character"

(... is a kind of smear ) print slanderous statements against

"The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

(... is a kind of smear ) speak unfavorably about

"She badmouths her husband everywhere"

Definition 6: make a smudge on; soil by smudging - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

(... is a kind of smear ) smudge again

(... is a kind of smear ) rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape

"The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"

Definition 7: stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance - [verb of contact]

(smear is a kind of ...) make soiled, filthy, or dirty

"don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

(... is a kind of smear ) moisten or soil

"Her tears moiled the letter"

(... is a kind of smear ) smear so as to make dirty or stained

Definition 8: cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it - [verb of contact]

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

  • smear the wall with paint
  • daub the ceiling with plaster

Synonyms for smear in the sense of this definition

(smear is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(... is a kind of smear ) smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill

(smear has a similar meaning as ...) apply to a surface

"daub paint onto the wall"

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