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tarnish

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verb tar·nish \ˈtär-nish\

Simple Definition of tarnish

  • : to become or cause (metal) to become dull and not shiny

  • : to damage or ruin the good quality of (something, such as a person's reputation, image, etc.)

Full Definition of tarnish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dull or destroy the luster of by or as if by air, dust, or dirt :  soil, stain

  3. 2a :  to detract from the good quality of :  vitiate <his fine dreams now slightly tarnished>b :  to bring disgrace on :  sully <the scandal has tarnished his reputation>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become tarnished

tar·nish·able play \-ni-shə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of tarnish

  1. Some foods will tarnish silver.

  2. The scandal tarnished his reputation.



Origin of tarnish

Middle English ternysshen, from Middle French terniss-, stem of ternir, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tarnan to hide


First Known Use: 15th century

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tarnish

noun tar·nish

Simple Definition of tarnish

  • : a thin layer on the surface of metal which makes the metal look dull

Full Definition of tarnish

  1. :  something that tarnishes; especially :  a film of chemically altered material on the surface of a metal (as silver)

Examples of tarnish

  1. a polish that removes tarnish



1684

First Known Use of tarnish

1684

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TARNISH Defined for Kids

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tarnish

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verb tar·nish \ˈtär-nish\

Definition of tarnish

tar·nishedtar·nish·ing

  1. 1 :  to make or become dull, dim, or discolored

  2. 2 :  to bring disgrace or ruin <The scandal tarnished his reputation.>




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tarnish

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noun tar·nish

Definition of tarnish

  1. :  a surface coating formed during tarnishing





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