His will was a scandal, and the horror did not only smirch his good name, it reached to hers.
One could never detect a smirch or a grain of dust upon them.
He changed his collar, having detected a smirch, and tried the effect of parting his hair on the side, like Garry Cockrell.
Nothing is too fine for some devils to appropriate and––smirch.
Thank God, those damned lawyers won't dare to plead any cause that could smirch me.
It was a foul deed to seek to shame me in this ugly fashion, and to smirch the honour of the Queen.
But by-and-by it may all be used to smirch or brighten unjustly some one's character.
After the trial I saw Holker and asked him if he had been helping to smirch any more poor artists.
Every time he looked at me 'twas as if he saw a smirch on his escutcheon.
But Lady Wychcote's view of the whole matter had left a smirch on what was so clean and fine.
late 15c., "to discolor, to make dirty," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French esmorcher "to torture," perhaps also "befoul, stain," from es- "out" (see ex-) + morcher "to bite," from Latin morsus, past participle of mordere "to bite" (see mordant). Sense perhaps influenced by smear. Sense of "dishonor, disgrace, discredit" first attested 1820.
1680s, "a soiling mark or smear," from smirch (v.). Figurative use by 1862.