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 for besmirch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Besmirch \Be*smirch"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Besmirched; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Besmirching.]
     To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To
     dishonor; to sully. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  besmirch
      v 1: 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" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
           denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]
      2: smear so as to make dirty or stained [syn: smirch,
         besmirch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  62 Moby Thesaurus words for "besmirch":
     attaint, bedarken, bedaub, besmear, besmoke, besmutch, besoil,
     bespatter, bestain, black, blacken, blackwash, blot, blotch, blur,
     brand, call names, charcoal, cork, darken, daub, defile, denigrate,
     dinge, dirty, discolor, ebonize, engage in personalities,
     heap dirt upon, ink, mark, melanize, muckrake, murk, nigrify,
     oversmoke, revile, scorch, sear, shade, shadow, singe, slubber,
     slur, smear, smirch, smoke, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, soil,
     soot, spot, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tar, tarnish,
     throw mud at, vilify
  
  

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