smirch :

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  • n  a blemish made by dirt
  • n  an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
  • v  smear so as to make dirty or stained
  • v  charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

  • Newsreaders were shocked last week to read testimony which, if true, would smirch Scripps-Howard with one of the lowest tricks in the newspaper businesspadding circulation .
  • In recalling one of the most controversial episodes in one of the world's most controversial battles, PTI meant no smirch.
  • This record is stained by but one smirch: a year ago a painter succeeded in executing a work which the Society felt it was unable to present.

  • Bernard Trainor in San Antonio Express
    It may well be they had no recourse and they felt this was their only alternative,said Trainor, who fought in Korea and Vietnam, and has since been a New York Times correspondent and TV news analyst. "Either way, it's a smirch on the honor...

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