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Definition 1: discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation - [noun denoting attribute]

(tarnish is a kind of ...) a soiled or discolored appearance

"the wine left a dark stain"

Definition 2: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where tarnish or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man

Synonyms for tarnish in the sense of this definition

(tarnish is a kind of ...) make a spot or mark onto

"The wine spotted the tablecloth"

(... is a kind of tarnish ) tarnish or stain

"a scandal that darkened the family's good name"

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