I. verb Etymology: Middle English ternysshen, from Middle French terniss-, stem of ternir, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tarnan to hide Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to dull or destroy the luster of by or as if by air, dust, or dirt ; soil, stain 2. a. to detract from the good quality of ; vitiate <
his fine dreams now slightly tarnished
b. to bring disgrace on ; sully <
the scandal has tarnished his reputation
intransitive verb to become tarnished • tarnishable adjective II. noun Date: 1684 something that tarnishes; especially a film of chemically altered material on the surface of a metal (as silver)

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  • Tarnish — 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.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tarnish — is a layer of corrosion that develops over copper, brass, silver, aluminum as well as a degree of semi reactive metals as they undergo oxidation. It is analogous to rust, but with soap PreventionIn objects which are primarily for display rather… …   Wikipedia

  • Tarnish — Tar nish, v. i. To lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will tarnish in a foul air. [1913 Webster] Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright, Grow stale and tarnish with our daily sight. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tarnish — Tar nish, n. 1. The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil; blemish. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tarnish — [tär′nish] vt. [< Fr terniss , inflectional stem of ternir, to make dim < MFr, prob. < OHG tarnjan, to conceal < tarni, hidden] 1. to dull the luster of or discolor the surface of (a metal) as by exposure to air 2. a) to besmirch or… …   English World dictionary

  • Tarnish — Tarnish. См. Помутнение поверхности. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • tarnish — I verb asperse, befoul, blacken, blemish, blot, brand, cloud, contaminate, corrode, darken, deface, defame, degrade, denigrate, desecrate, dim, dirty, discolor, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, dull, fade, foul, inquinare, lose luster, maculate,… …   Law dictionary

  • tarnish — vb *soil, dirty, sully, foul, befoul, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime Analogous words: darken, dim, bedim, *obscure: defile, pollute, taint, *contaminate Antonyms: polish Contrasted words: cleanse, *clean: *illuminate, illumine, lighten …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tarnish — [v] dirty, corrupt befoul, begrime, blacken, blemish, blot, contaminate, damage, darken, defame, defile, dim, discolor, disgrace, dull, embarrass, grime, harm, hurt, impair, injure, lose luster, lose shine, mar, muddy, pale, pollute, rust,… …   New thesaurus

  • tarnish — ► VERB 1) lose or cause to lose lustre, especially as a result of exposure to air or moisture. 2) make or become less valuable or respected. ► NOUN 1) a film or stain formed on an exposed surface of a mineral or metal. 2) dullness of colour; loss …   English terms dictionary

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