Sunday, June 29, 2014
Citations for smirch
…that he could not give him back his life without incurring the smirch of this disgrace, without even endangering himself.
...Rupert Hentzau had him soundly flogged for daring to smirch the morals of Zenda by staying out all night in the pursuits of love.
Origin of smirch
Smirch has been around in English since the late 1400s. Its origins are uncertain, though it may have come from the Old French esmorcher meaning "to torment" or "torture."