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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun slur has 3 senses

Verb slur has 4 senses


slurv. t. [Cf. OE. sloor mud, clay, Icel. sl, slo, to trail or drag one's self along, D. sleuren, sloren, to train, to drag, to do negligently and slovenly, D. sloor, sloerie, a sluttish girl.].
  •  To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.  Cudworth.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To disparage; to traduce.  Tennyson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.  [1913 Webster]
    "With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.  [1913 Webster]
    "To slur men of what they fought for."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables; to slur one's words.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones.  Busby.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo.  South.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A trick played upon a person; an imposition.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A mark, thus [1913 Webster]
  •  In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.  [1913 Webster]


slur, v. & n.
--v. (slurred, slurring)
1 tr. & intr. pronounce or write indistinctly so that the sounds or letters run into one another.
2 tr. Mus. a perform (a group of two or more notes) legato. b mark (notes) with a slur.
3 tr. archaic or US put a slur on (a person or a person's character); make insinuations against.
4 tr. (usu. foll. by over) pass over (a fact, fault, etc.) lightly; conceal or minimize.
1 an imputation of wrongdoing; blame; stigma (a slur on my reputation).
2 the act or an instance of slurring in pronunciation, singing, or writing.
3 Mus. a curved line to show that two or more notes are to be sung to one syllable or played or sung legato.

17th c.: orig. unkn.



accent, accent mark, affront, asperse, aspersion, attaint, bad-mouth, badge of infamy, bar, bar sinister, baton, bedaub, befoul, bend sinister, besmear, besmirch, besmoke, bespatter, bestain, black eye, black mark, blacken, blink, blot, blow upon, blur, brand, broad arrow, calumniate, calumny, cancel, cantando, carefully ignore, cast aspersions on, cast reflections on, censure, champain, character, cold-shoulder, custos, cut a corner, cut corners, darken, daub, defame, defile, demilegato, denigrate, dip into, direct, dirty, disapprove, discolor, discredit, disparage, disparagement, disregard, dodge, dot, examine cursorily, execution, expose, expose to infamy, expression, expression mark, fermata, fingering, fudge, garble, gibbet, give the once-over, glance at, glissando, gloss over, hang in effigy, hold, ignore, imputation, innuendo, insinuation, insult, intonation, key signature, lead, legato, libel, ligature, lisp, malign, mark, mark of Cain, measure, metronomic mark, mezzo staccato, mumble, music-making, notation, obloquy, odium, onus, page through, parlando, pass over, pass over lightly, pause, performance, personal remark, personality, pianism, pillory, pillorying, pizzicato, point champain, presa, put-down, reflection, rendering, rendition, repercussion, reprimand, reproach, rubato, scamp, scan, scorch, sear, segno, sign, signature, singe, skid, skim, skim over, skim the surface, skimp, skip over, slam, slander, slidder, slight, slip, slip through, slubber, slubber over, slur over, sly suggestion, smear, smirch, smoke, smudge, smutch, soil, spiccato, spot, staccato, stain, stigma, stigmatism, stigmatization, stigmatize, stricture, stutter, suggestion, sully, swell, symbol, taint, tarnish, tear down, tempo mark, thumb through, tie, time signature, touch, touch upon, touch upon lightly, traduce, uncomplimentary remark, vilify, vinculum, whispering campaign, zip through




N disrepute, discredit, ill repute, bad repute, bad name, bad odor, bad favor, ill name, ill odor, ill favor, disapprobation, ingloriousness, derogation, abasement, debasement, abjectness, degradation, dedecoration, a long farewell to all my greatness, odium, obloquy, opprobrium, ignominy, dishonor, disgrace, shame, humiliation, scandal, baseness, vileness, turpitude, infamy, tarnish, taint, defilement, pollution, stain, blot, spot, blur, stigma, brand, reproach, imputation, slur, crying shame, burning shame, scandalum magnatum, badge of infamy, blot in one's escutcheon, bend sinister, bar sinister, champain, point champain, byword of reproach, Ichabod, argumentum ad verecundiam, sense of shame, disgraced, blown upon, shorn of its beams, shorn of one's glory, overcome, downtrodden, loaded with shame, in bad repute, out of repute, out of favor, out of fashion, out of countenance, at a discount, under a cloud, under an eclipse, unable to show one's face, in the shade, in the background, out at elbows, down at the elbows, down in the world, inglorious, nameless, renownless, obscure, unknown to fame, unnoticed, unnoted, unhonored, unglorified, shameful, disgraceful, discreditable, disreputable, despicable, questionable, unbecoming, unworthy, derogatory, degrading, humiliating, infra dignitatem, dedecorous, scandalous, infamous, too bad, unmentionable, ribald, opprobrious, errant, shocking, outrageous, notorious, ignominious, scrubby, dirty, abject, vile, beggarly, pitiful, low, mean, shabby base, to one's shame be it spoken, Int, fie!, shame!, for shame!, proh pudor!, O tempora!, O mores!, ough!, sic transit gloria mundi!.

VB be inglorious, incur disgrace, have a bad name, earn a bad name, put a halter round one's neck, wear a halter round one's neck, disgrace oneself, expose oneself, play second fiddle, lose caste, pale one's ineffectual fire, recede into the shade, fall from one's high estate, keep in the background, be conscious of disgrace, look blue, look foolish, look like a fool, cut a poor figure, cut a sorry figure, laugh on the wrong side of the mouth, make a sorry face, go away with a flea in, one's ear, slink away, cause shame, shame, disgrace, put to shame, dishonor, throw dishonor upon, cast dishonor upon, fling dishonor upon, reflect dishonor upon, be a reproach, to, derogate from, tarnish, stain, blot sully, taint, discredit, degrade, debase, defile, beggar, expel, impute shame to, brand, post, stigmatize, vilify, defame, slur, cast a slur upon, hold up to shame, send to Coventry, tread under foot, trample under foot, show up, drag through the mire, heap dirt upon, reprehend, bring low, put down, snub, take down a peg, take down a peg lower, take down a peg or two, obscure, eclipse, outshine, take the shine out of, throw into the shade, cast into the shade, overshadow, leave in the background, put in the background, push into a corner, put one's nose out of joint, put out, put out of countenance, upset, throw off one's center, discompose, disconcert, put to the blush.


N vindication, justification, warrant, exoneration, exculpation, acquittal, whitewashing, extenuation, palliation, palliative, softening, mitigation, reply, defense, recrimination, apology, gloss, varnish, plea, salvo, excuse, extenuating circumstances, allowance, allowance to be made, locus paenitentiae, apologist, vindicator, justifier, defendant, justifiable charge, true bill, v, justify, warrant, be an excuse for, lend a color, furnish a handle, vindicate, exculpate, disculpate, acquit, clear, set right, exonerate, whitewash, clear the skirts of, extenuate, palliate, excuse, soften, apologize, varnish, slur, gloze, put a gloss, put a good face upon, mince, gloss over, bolster up, help a lame dog over a stile, advocate, defend, plead one's cause, stand up for, stick up for, speak up for, contend for, speak for, bear out, keep in countenance, support, plead, say in defense, plead ignorance, confess and avoid, propugn, put in a good word for, take the will for the deed, make allowance for, give credit for, do justice to, give one his due, give the Devil his due, make good, prove the truth of, prove one's case, be justified by the event, vindicated, vindicating, exculpatory, apologetic, excusable, defensible, pardonable, venial, veniable, specious, plausible, justifiable, honi sot qui mal y pense, good wine needs no bush.


N accusation, charge, imputation, slur, inculpation, exprobration, delation, crimination, incrimination, accrimination, recrimination, tu quoque argument, invective, denunciation, denouncement, libel, challenge, citation, arraignment, impeachment, appeachment, indictment, bill of indictment, true bill, lawsuit, condemnation, gravamen of a charge, head and front of one's offending, argumentum ad hominem, scandal, scandalum magnatum, accuser, prosecutor, plaintiff, relator, informer, appellant, accused, defendant, prisoner, perpetrator, panel, respondent, litigant, accusing, accusatory, accusative, imputative, denunciatory, recriminatory, criminatory, accused, suspected, under suspicion, under a cloud, under surveillance, in custody, in detention, in the lockup, in the watch house, in the house of detention, accusable, imputable, indefensible, inexcusable, unpardonable, unjustifiable, vicious, Int, look at home, tu quoque, the breath of accusation kills an innocent name, thou can'st not say I did it.

VB accuse, charge, tax, impute, twit, taunt with, reproach, brand with reproach, stigmatize, slur, cast a stone at, cast a slur on, incriminate, criminate, inculpate, implicate, call to account, take to blame, take to task, put in the black book, inform against, indict, denounce, arraign, impeach, appeach, have up, show up, pull up, challenge, cite, lodge a complaint, prosecute, bring an action against, blow upon, charge with, saddle with, lay to one's door, lay charge, lay the blame on, bring home to, cast in one's teeth, throw in one's teeth, cast the first stone at, have a rod in pickle for, keep a rod in pickle for, have a crow to pluck with, trump up a charge.


VB be negligent, take no care of &c (take care of), neglect, let slip, let go, lay aside, set aside, cst aside, put aside, keep out of sight, put out of sight, lose sight of, overlook, disregard, pass over, pas by, let pass, blink, wink at, connive at, gloss over, take no note of, take no thought of, take no account of, take no notice of, pay no regard to, laisser aller, scamp, trifle, fribble, do by halves, cut, slight, play with, trifle with, slur, skim, skim the surface, effleurer, take a cursory view of, slur over, skip over, jump over, slip over, pretermit, miss, skip, jump, omit, give the go-by to, push aside, pigeonhole, shelve, sink, table, ignore, shut one's eyes to, refuse to hear, turn a deaf ear to, leave out of one's calculation, not attend to, not mind, not trouble oneself about, not trouble one's head about, not trouble oneself with, forget, be caught napping, leave a loose thread, let the grass grow under one's feet, render neglectful, put off one's guard, throw off one's guard, distract, divert.

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