What does the word smirch mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • To defame.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To soil; smear.

Usage examples for smirch

  1. My joke turned its other edge on me and cut me off from her confidence, but not from her good- will, as expressed in the beautiful flowers, in the hope that I might turn from pursuing Jim and become a staunch advocate of his cause, when I realized, as she did and as I surely must, how strong and true he was and how far above the rogues who would smirch him for gain. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  2. I will cut off my hair, and put on boy's clothes, and smirch myself brown with walnut leaves; and I will go. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  3. Sir Thomas felt that the mud of irretrievable disgrace which was bound to smirch Luke de Mountford would in no small measure redound on Louisa too. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy