To smirch or soil to discolor to confuse For this reason To dishonor to sully
- charge falsely or with destructive intention; attack the good name and trustworthiness of some one
- smear in order to make dirty or stained
- To smirch or soil; to discolor; to confuse. Thus: To dishonor; to sully.
1590s, from be- + smirch. Our Gayness and our Gilt are all besmyrcht. ["Henry V," IV.iii.110] Associated: Besmirched; besmirching.
(v. t.) To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. For this reason: To dishonor; to sully.