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Noun: tarnish  taa(r)-nish
  1. Discolouration of metal surface caused by oxidation
Verb: tarnish  taa(r)-nish
  1. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air
    "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air";
    - stain, maculate [literary], sully, defile, soil
     
  2. (of someone's image or good reputation) damage, place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    - defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud, stain, soil

Derived forms: tarnishing, tarnishes, tarnished

Type of: blob, blot, deflower, discoloration, discolouration [Brit, Cdn], fleck, impair, mar, pollute, spoil, spot, stain, vitiate

Encyclopedia: Tarnish