besmirch (v.) Old form(s): besmerch, besmyrcht
discolour, sully, stain
H5 IV.iii.110[King Henry to Montjoy] Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched / With rainy marching
Ham I.iii.15[Laertes to Ophelia, of Hamlet] And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch / The virtue of his will
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