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Since the prefix be- in besmirch means "to make or cause to be," when you besmirch something, you cause it to have a smirch. What's a smirch? A smirch is a stain, and to smirch something is to stain it or make it dirty. By extension, the verb smirch came to mean "to bring discredit or disgrace on." Smirch and besmirch, then, mean essentially the same thing.


J.R. Majewski, an Ohio Republican congressional candidate, says that if elected, he'll prioritize making it a crime to "besmirch" veterans as he disputed a report that he was never deployed to Afghanistan while serving in the Air Force.

Majewski said that while the AP was able to obtain records, veterans had "to wait months to get the facts." If elected, he said he would prioritize streamlining the process for veterans to obtain records and would "introduce legislation to make it a crime to besmirch veterans and end this nonsense once and for all."

4.Speaking of besmirch, where do these "besmirch, smirch, and smear" originally stemmed from? (well, as I look it up => besmirch => smirch has the same connotation as to smear to make something dirty?Why invent these similar words?

So if I may conclude:To calumniate: to slander, to beguile, to alienate someone utilizing calumny (which means false charge, evil reports intended to damage someone's reputation) (denoting the act of calumny?)To asperse: to sprinkle false charges to someone, little by little utilizing slander, defamation and etc. (denoting process?)To besmirch: to smirch someone with bad, evil, to blemish/tarnish someone's reputation. (What I have in mind would be to smear some kind of jam/nutty jelly to a clean/blank slate of bread? as to dirty someone/something?) 041b061a72


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