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Smear
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Smear as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

15 February 2021
Last seen in: The New York Times Crossword

We found 33 answers for the crossword clue 'Smear', the most recent of which was seen in the The New York Times Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Smear a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Smear as an answer itself some 191 times.

Smear is a single word clue made up of 5 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'The New York Times Crossword' on Saturday, 30 January 2021 with the answer being PAP, we also found PAP to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • An act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
  • A blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
  • A thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
  • Slanderous defamation
  • 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"
  • Cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"
  • Make a smudge on; soil by smudging
  • Stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

Crossword Answers

3 Letters

PAP
The small projection of a mammary gland

TAR
A man who serves as a sailor

4 Letters

BLOT
An act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

BLUR
A hazy or indistinct representation; "it happened so fast it was just a blur"; "he tried to clear his head of the whisky fuzz"

DAUB
An unskillful painting

SLUR
A blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"

SPOT
An act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

5 Letters

LIBEL
Print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

STAIN
(microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

SULLY
Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

6 Letters

ANOINT
Administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

BEDAUB
Spread or daub (a surface)

BLOTCH
An irregularly shaped spot

DEFAME
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"

IMPUGN
Attack as false or wrong

MALIGN
Evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"

SMIRCH
An act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

SMUDGE
A blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"

SMUTCH
Make a smudge on; soil by smudging

SPREAD
Farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

VILIFY
Spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

7 Letters

ASPERSE
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"

BLACKEN
Make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

SLANDER
An abusive attack on a person's character or good name

SLATHER
Spread thickly; "I can't eat bagels without slathering them with cream cheese"

8 Letters

BESMIRCH
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"

9 Letters

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

DENIGRATE
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"

DISCREDIT
Damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"

10 Letters

CALUMNIATE
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"

MALIGNMENT
Slanderous defamation

12 Letters

VILIFICATION
Slanderous defamation

14 Letters

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

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