The answer is BESPATTERED.
- to splash drops of a liquid substance all over. Example: bespattered with mud; bespattered with blood.
- to defile; slander or libel. Example: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip. Synonyms: smudge, blemish, discolor, spot, soil, mark, tarnish, dirty, sully, stain.
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