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Related to smirch: besmirched
tr.v. smirched, smirch·ing, smirch·es
1. To soil, stain, or dirty with or as if with a smearing agent: "their tough, hostile faces, smirched by the grime and rust" (Henry Roth).
2. To dishonor; defame.
Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
[Middle English smorchen.]
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to dirty; soil
1. the act of smirching or state of being smirched
2. a smear or stain
[C15 smorchen, of unknown origin]
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1. to discolor or soil; spot or smudge with or as if with soot, dirt, etc.
2. to sully or tarnish (a reputation, character, etc.); disgrace.n.
3. a dirty mark or smear.
4. a stain or blot, as on reputation.
[1485–95; orig. uncertain]
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Past participle: smirched
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|Noun||1.||smirch - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"|
blemish, mar, defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
inkblot - a blot made with ink
|2.||smirch - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"|
|Verb||1.||smirch - smear so as to make dirty or stained|
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
|2.||smirch - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"|
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
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