Pronunciation: (tär'nish), [key]
1. to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), esp. by oxidation; discolor.
2. to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully: The scandal tarnished his reputation.
1. to grow dull or discolored; lose luster.
2. to become sullied.
1. a tarnished coating.
2. tarnished condition; discoloration; alteration of the luster of a metal.
3. a stain or blemish.
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