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Meaning of TARNISH

Pronunciation:  'târnish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
  2. [v]  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

TARNISH is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: defile, maculate, sully
 See Also: blob, blot, darken, discoloration, discolouration, fleck, spot, stain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tar"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tarnished}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Tarnishing}.] [F. ternir, fr. OHG. tarnen to darken,
    to conceal, hide; akin to OS. dernian to hide, AS. dernan,
    dyrnan, OHG. tarni hidden, OS. derni, AS. derne, dyrne. Cf.
    {Dern}, a., and see {-ish}.]
    To soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an
    alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to
    diminish, dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to
    tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of
    color. ``Tarnished lace.'' --Fuller. Used also figuratively;
    as, to tarnish one's honor.
    Syn: To sully; stain; dim.
  2. \Tar"nish\, v. i.
    To lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will tarnish in a
    foul air.
          Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright, Grow
          stale and tarnish with our daily sight.  --Dryden.
  3. \Tar"nish\, n.
    1. The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil;
    2. (Min.) A thin film on the surface of a metal, usually due
       to a slight alteration of the original color; as, the
       steel tarnish in columbite.