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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: ternir 'to make dull'

tarnish

1 verb
     
tar‧nish1
1 [transitive]HCE if an event or fact tarnishes someone's reputation, record, image etc, it makes it worse:
His regime was tarnished by human rights abuses.
2 [intransitive and transitive] if metals such as silver, copper, or brass tarnish, or if something tarnishes them, they become dull and lose their colour:
Gold does not tarnish easily.
tarnished silver spoons

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