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tarnish

tar·nish

tarnish

 
 
pronunciation:
tar nihsh
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: tarnished, tarnishes, tarnishing
definition 1: to dull the luster or color of.
Sun and wind tarnished the new car.
antonyms:
polish
similar words:
blacken, corrode, darken, dull, oxidize, rust
definition 2: to spoil or stain.
He told lies that tarnished her character in other people's eyes.
synonyms:
blacken, soil
antonyms:
enhance
similar words:
blot, spot, stain
definition 3: to become dull or lose color.
The silverware tarnished.
similar words:
blacken, corrode, darken, dull, oxidize, rust
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a dullness or loss of color on a metal surface.
synonyms:
corrosion, stain
similar words:
rust
derivation: tarnished (adj.)
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