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Related to smirched: besmirch, dirtied, dirtier
See: tainted
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So leaving the troubles and temptations of Irvine behind, he carried home a smirched name to his father's house.
The inner circle train from the City rushed impetuously out of a black hole and pulled up with a discordant, grinding racket in the smirched twilight of a West-End station.
And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled.
A president could lose credibility, experience negative populace reactions that erode approval ratings, (215) weaken the commander in chief power, or even have a legacy smirched for seemingly losing a U.S.-initiated war.
"smirched, worm-eaten tapestry" recalled by Borachio in Much
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.