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Smear so as to make dirty or stained.  Synonym: besmirch.
Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.  Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, sully.  "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

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"Smirch" Quotes from Famous Books

... suffering soul, that it would have been wiser to have saved her spotless garment from the smirch by telling him the truth. Then she could have fought this invisible tarantula Thing, with the conjectural hairy claws, the baleful, glittering eyes, and the padding feet that dogged her in the dark, with a strong man's arm to aid her. God ...
— The Dop Doctor • Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

... people of France, whose spokesman I am, I demand that you be taken hence from this Hall of Justice to the Place de la Rvolution, in full view of the citizens of Paris an its environs, and clad in a soiled white garment, emblem of the smirch upon your soul, that there you be publicly whipped by the hands of Citizen Samson, the public executioner; after which, that you be taken to the prison of the Salptriere, there to be further detained at the ...
— I Will Repay • Baroness Emmuska Orczy

... in Cherry street at the entrance to Gotham Court, and Detective Finn dug a tunnel of light with his bullseye lantern into the foulness and blackness of that smirch on civilization, a score or more of boys who had been congregated at the edge of the court suddenly plunged back into the obscurity, and we heard the splash of their feet in the ...
— Lights and Shadows of New York Life - or, the Sights and Sensations of the Great City • James D. McCabe

... a sudden Lilas awoke to the fact that she disliked—hated —Bob's wife. It seemed as if she had always hated her. Perhaps it was because of Lorelei's beauty or her superior ways, or—yes, because of her clean soul that nothing had been able to smirch. Character—what was it but hypocrisy, or a luxury upon which some people prided themselves? From Lorelei, Lilas's thoughts wandered naturally to Jim, thence to his companions, and finally to Max Melcher. One and all, those men, at the first hint ...
— The Auction Block • Rex Beach

... put myself in poor and mean attire, And with a kind of umber smirch my face; The like do you; so shall we pass along ...
— A History of English Prose Fiction • Bayard Tuckerman

... half smiling; "but this morning he told me the sherry had mounted to his head, and he thought it must have been the same with Brother Damaso. 'And your threat?' I asked jestingly. 'Father,' said he, 'I know how to keep my word when it doesn't smirch my honor; I was never an informer—and that's why I am only ...
— An Eagle Flight - A Filipino Novel Adapted from Noli Me Tangere • Jose Rizal

Words linked to "Smirch" :   defect, mistake, charge, error, badmouth, malign, accuse, fingerprint, mar, splodge, blotch, drag through the mud, inkblot, fault, traduce, splotch, blemish, fingermark, assassinate, libel

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