AskDefine | Define smirch

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1 a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, slur]
2 an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook" [syn: blot, smear, spot, stain]


1 smear so as to make dirty or stained [syn: besmirch]
2 charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: defame, slander, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]

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  1. to make dirty
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act I Scene III
      CELIA. I'll 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,
      And never stir assailants.

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Dirty can refer to:
  • being like dirt (including slang usage meaning filthy)
smirch in Italian: Dirty

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