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tarnish

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1  —as in:
tarnished silver
Definition undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
tarnished = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The cleaner removes tarnish on contact.
  • tarnish = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
  • "One last thing," she said, and she drew out a small oval picture frame of tarnished silver.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • tarnished = with an undesired loss of shine or spotting
  • The following week the knot-hole yielded a tarnished medal.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tarnished = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
  • My imagination was a tarnished mirror.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tarnished = with a loss of shine or with spots
  • Mae Tuck climbed out of bed and began to dress: three petticoats, a rusty brown skirt with one enormous pocket, an old cotton jacket, and a knitted shawl which she pinned across her bosom with a tarnished metal brooch.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • tarnished = with a loss of shine or with spots
  • ...had looked grim and gruesome enough, but now, some days afterwards, when the flowers hung lank and dead, their whites turning to rust and their greens to browns, when the spider and the beetle had resumed their accustomed dominance, when the time-discoloured stone, and dust-encrusted mortar, and rusty, dank iron, and tarnished brass, and clouded silver-plating gave back the feeble glimmer of a candle, the effect was more miserable and sordid than could have been imagined.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • tarnished = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
  • Here, before his own wife has greeted him, you may greet the sea-flushed ship-master, just in port, with his vessel's papers under his arm in a tarnished tin box.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tarnished = with a loss of shine
  • In the window there were trays of nuts and bolts, worn-out chisels, penknives with broken blades, tarnished watches that did not even pretend to be in going order, and other miscellaneous rubbish.
    George Orwell  --  1984
tarnished = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface

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2  —as in:
tarnished her reputation
Definition damage — usually to reputation or image
  • The scandal tarnished the senator's image.
tarnished = damaged
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There is a strong program beneath the tarnish of recent neglect.
  • tarnish = damage
  • The law school's good name was tarnished by the failure of so many students to pass the Bar Exam.
  • tarnished = damaged
  • But we have been at war, and you know how that can tarnish even the best men.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • tarnish = damage
  • My family's name has been tarnished beyond recognition by my son's treatment at the hands of this...this...boy!
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • tarnished = damaged (made to look worse)
  • Elizabeth also wept and was unhappy, but hers also was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides but cannot tarnish its brightness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
tarnish = dim

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