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smirch

[smurch] /smɜrtʃ/
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
3.
a dirty mark or smear, as of soot, dust, dirt, etc.
4.
a stain or blot, as on reputation.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
smirchless, adjective
unsmirched, adjective
Synonyms
1. smear, smut, dirty. 2. taint, blot. 3. smudge, smut, smutch. 4. taint.
Antonyms
1. clean.
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Examples for smirch
  • There was not a smirch on their public records, or scandal to shadow their characters.
British Dictionary definitions for smirch

smirch

/smɜːtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to dirty; soil
noun
2.
the act of smirching or state of being smirched
3.
a smear or stain
Derived Forms
smircher, noun
Word Origin
C15 smorchen, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for smirch
smirch
1495, "to discolor, to make dirty," perhaps from O.Fr. esmorcher "to torture," perhaps also "befoul, stain," from es- "out" + morcher "to bite," from L. morsus, pp. of mordere "to bite" (see smart (v.)). Sense of "dishonor, disgrace, discredit" first attested 1820.
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