Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: besmirch

Definition: soil; defile; make dirty


Sentences Containing 'besmirch'

""Theirs were the hands that struck whilst their leaders planned—they were the screech-owls who for more than twenty years terrorised the western provinces of France and, in the name of God and their King, committed every crime that could besmirch the Cause which they professed to uphold."" They are as much an enigma as the one man who has succeeded in bringing some of these fugitives to justice, a mysterious figure known only as "The Man in Grey", who is a secret agent for the Government.

More Vocab Words

::: discrepancy - lack of consistency or agreement as between facts; difference; Ex. discrepancy between two descriptions
::: ascertain - find out for certain; make certain
::: pastiche - imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing; work of art openly imitating the works of other artists
::: discourse - serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
::: intelligentsia - intellectuals; members of the educated elite (often used derogatorily)
::: libretto - text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
::: obsessive - related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession; preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively
::: tinge - give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy
::: defalcate - embezzle
::: apparition - ghost; phantom