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smirch (v.)

late 15c., "to discolor, to make dirty," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French esmorcher "to torture," perhaps also "befoul, stain," from es- "out" (see ex-) + morcher "to bite," from Latin morsus, past participle of mordēre "to bite" (see mordant). Sense perhaps influenced by smear. Sense of "dishonor, disgrace, discredit" first attested 1820.

smirch (n.)

1680s, "a soiling mark or smear," from smirch (v.). Figurative use by 1862.

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Definitions of smirch from WordNet
1
smirch (v.)
smear so as to make dirty or stained;
Synonyms: besmirch
smirch (v.)
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone;
2
smirch (n.)
a blemish made by dirt;
Synonyms: smudge / spot / blot / daub / smear / slur
smirch (n.)
an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;
Synonyms: blot / smear / spot / stain
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