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To lose or cause to lose luster, especially as a result of exposure to air or moisture
“Gold was valued from ancient times because it did not tarnish or rust like other metals.”
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To cause to become soiled or dirty
“Shana shuffled forward on her knees, careful not to tarnish her dress as she did so on the mossy ground.”
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To cause to become damaged
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“Read the care label to make sure that you don't burn or tarnish the fabric while ironing.”
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To bring disrepute to, especially through aspersions
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“These letters contained several humorous depictions that would tarnish the family's reputation, perhaps irreparably.”
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Be affected with rust
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(of colors) To render pale or less bright
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To make, or cause to be, blur or dim
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A film or stain formed on an exposed surface of a mineral or metal
“Slightly battered and worn down, it was quite obvious that some of them had been reforged and repaired, judging by the varying degrees of tarnish upon them.”
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Damage or harm done, especially to one's reputation
“Slowly but surely, with this influence, Jeanne begins to gain some prestige and some of the tarnish of her name begins to fade away.”
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A substance, such as mud or dust, that soils someone or something
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A blue-green patina or rust that forms on copper-containing metals
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A physical trace of a bad or undesirable substance or quality
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A small mark or flaw which spoils the appearance of something
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The quality or state of being dirty or filthy
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