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Smirch meaning

smirch - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. To soil.

smirch - examples of usage

  1. Alone, alone, alone, She who had longed for love by stealth As a gold- mad miser longs for wealth Or a poet longs for fame, Her seared numb body had just an ache For a pitiful pitiless last mistake And the smirch upon her name. - "A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems", A. B. S. Tennyson.
  2. And meantime the dishonouring shout of the newspaper hawkers, that cry in which there was both smirch and buffet, seemed like the last knell of the day, ringing the nation's funeral at the outset of the night of pleasure which was beginning. - "Paris From the "Three Cities"", Emile Zola.
  3. As a doctor in the pursuit of his science does not hesitate to handle foul things, to probe horrid sores, so the lawyer must needs smirch his hands even to the elbow in those moral tumours from whence emanate the thousand and one domestic crimes which will ever remain just outside the pale of the law. - "From One Generation to Another", Henry Seton Merriman.
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