- to discolor or soil; spot or smudge with or as with soot, dust, dirt, etc.
- to sully or tarnish (a person, reputation, character, etc.); disgrace; discredit.
- a dirty mark or smear, as of soot, dust, dirt, etc.
- a stain or blot, as on reputation.
Origin of smirch
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Examples from the Web for unsmirched
Her code was intact; her honour, as judged by it, unsmirched.Mrs. Maxon Protests
But then these two are simple believers, with humble, unsmirched souls.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
Simplicity, healthy goodness, the radiance of unsmirched youth seemed to his eyes wholly inexpressive.December Love
Is nothing to be considered sacred; nothing to be left untouched, unsmirched by the grimy fingers of improvement?The Spell of Egypt
Her abductor got no pleasure of her and Omar's honour was unsmirched—though he never knew it, poor devil.The Shadow of the East
E. M. Hull
- to dirty; soil
- the act of smirching or state of being smirched
- a smear or stain
Word Origin and History for unsmirched
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.