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(somewhat rare) Bringing harm or injury to
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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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to cause to become soiled or dirty
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“Shana shuffled forward on her knees, careful not to tarnish her dress as she did so on the mossy ground.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for be affected with rust
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(of colors) Present participle for to render pale or less bright
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Present participle for to make, or cause to be, blur or dim
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The action of adulterating, being mixed with extraneous material, illicit substitution of one substance for another
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The act of discoloring, or the state of being discolored
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A reddish-brown oxide coating formed on iron or steel by the action of oxygen and moisture
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A shameful act or quality that damages an otherwise good character or reputation
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A film or stain formed on an exposed surface of a mineral or metal
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