smirch

[ smurch ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to discolor or soil; spot or smudge with or as with soot, dust, dirt, etc.

  2. to sully or tarnish (a person, reputation, character, etc.); disgrace; discredit.

noun
  1. a dirty mark or smear, as of soot, dust, dirt, etc.

  2. a stain or blot, as on reputation.

Origin of smirch

1
First recorded in 1485–95; origin uncertain

Other words for smirch

Opposites for smirch

Other words from smirch

  • smirchless, adjective
  • un·smirched, adjective

Words Nearby smirch

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How to use smirch in a sentence

  • After the trial I saw Holker and asked him if he had been helping to smirch any more poor artists.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • She took up one and tried to wipe it, but succeeded only in making a smirch which she could not wipe off.

  • His will was a scandal, and the horror did not only smirch his good name, it reached to hers.

    Great Possessions | Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • If she were found here by a reporter, the gossip of tongue and print would smirch her benefactors.

    Find the Woman | Arthur Somers Roche
  • Her first impulse was of decorum--to jerk her skirts about her in seemly fashion and be certain that no smirch adhered to them.

    The Power and the Glory | Grace MacGowan Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for smirch

smirch

/ (smɜːtʃ) /


verb(tr)
  1. to dirty; soil

noun
  1. the act of smirching or state of being smirched

  2. a smear or stain

Origin of smirch

1
C15 smorchen, of unknown origin

Derived forms of smirch

  • smircher, noun

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