transitive verb Etymology: Middle English smorchen Date: 15th century 1. a. to make dirty, stained, or discolored ; sully b. to smear with something that stains or dirties 2. to bring discredit or disgrace on • smirch noun

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  • Smirch — Smirch, v. t. [From the root of smear.] To smear with something which stains, or makes dirty; to smutch; to begrime; to soil; to sully. [1913 Webster] I ll . . . with a kind of umber smirch my face. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smirch — Smirch, n. A smutch; a dirty stain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smirch — index attaint, brand, brand (stigmatize), defamation, defame, denigrate, derogate, disgrace (noun) …   Law dictionary

  • smirch — late 15c., 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 (Cf. smart) (v.)). Sense of dishonor, disgrace, discredit …   Etymology dictionary

  • smirch — *soil, dirty, sully, tarnish, foul, befoul, besmirch, grime, begrime …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smirch — ► VERB 1) make dirty. 2) discredit; taint. ► NOUN 1) a dirty mark or stain. 2) a flaw. ORIGIN probably symbolic …   English terms dictionary

  • smirch — [smʉrch] vt. [ME smorchen, prob. < OFr esmorcher, to hurt < es (< L ex), intens. + pp. of mordre, to bite, hurt: see MORDANT] 1. to make dirty or discolor as by smearing or staining with grime 2. to sully or dishonor (a reputation, good… …   English World dictionary

  • smirch — be·smirch; be·smirch·ment; smirch; …   English syllables

  • smirch — smirchless, adj. /smerrch/, v.t. 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. n. 3. a dirty mark or smear, as of soot, dust,… …   Universalium

  • smirch — verb to make dirty CELIA. Ill put myself in poor and mean attire, Syn: besmirch, soil …   Wiktionary

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