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 tarnish tarnish

noun

  • discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation  ( tarnish )
    discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
  • verb

  • () make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically  ( defile, maculate, stain, sully, tarnish )
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
     The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
    The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
     Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man
    Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man