smirched


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Related to smirched: besmirch, dirtied, dirtier
See: tainted
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Though mismanagement and scandal smirched Paterson's tenure as government, his inability to cut key areas of spending in the face of Albany's interests has been a familiar outcome for a succession of governors.
She has been a very good child in wearing them, although on occasions they have been so smirched that I doubt she will have been able to see through them.
And now all is blurred and smirched with vice the day's sad end is seen, For where the short 'large hours' against the longer 'small hours' lean, With smiles that mock the wearer, and with words that half entreat.
He wished not to be smirched with the mess of other people" (p.