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To harm someone's reputation

discredit

verb

to harm someone’s reputation

slander

verb

to say something about someone that is not true and is likely to damage their reputation

taint

verb

to make someone seem less honest, morally pure etc

bruise

verb

to harm someone’s reputation or confidence

stain

verb

if something stains someone’s reputation, character etc, it spoils it

smear

verb

to try to damage someone’s reputation by telling lies about them

disgrace

verb

to harm the reputation of a person or group by doing something bad or immoral

cast aspersions (on)

to say or write things about someone that attack their character, work etc

blacken someone’s reputation/name/character

to do or say something that you know will harm someone’s reputation

knock someone off their pedestal

to show that someone who is very successful or admired or loved very much has faults like everyone else

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