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  • n  South African statesman and soldier (1870-1950)
  • n  a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
  • n  destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
  • n  any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
  • n  an offensive or indecent word or phrase
  • n  creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  • v  make obscene
    This line in the play smuts the entire act
  • v  stain with a dirty substance, such as soot
  • v  become affected with smut
  • v  affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
News & Articles

  • City, Union Spar Over Fire Lieutenants
    Fire union President Jimmy Kottage (pictured) arrived Friday morning at the steps of City Hall with reinforcements in his fight against a change in lieutenant staffing—black and Latino firefighters who back him. Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts showed up with reinforcements of his own—eye-popping statistics on a list of the top overtime earners in the department.
    Aug. 23, 2013 - New Haven Independent
  • Seawalls Good Thing? Longshore Example Cited
    New Haven —Rob Smuts, New Haven’s chief of emergency management, is walking down the beach at Morris Cove on an on-and-off-drizzly summer morning, his dress shoes utterly out of synch with the moment.
    Aug. 23, 2013 - WestportNow

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