tr.v. smirched, smirch·ing, smirch·es
1. To soil, stain, or dirty with or as if with a smearing agent: "their tough, hostile faces, smirched by the grime and rust" (Henry Roth).
2. To dishonor; defame.
Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
[Middle English smorchen.]
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