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Synonyms for tarnish
ˈtɑr nɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tarnish(verb)

    discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation

  2. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile(verb)

    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; 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"

    calumniate, maculate, asperse, smear, denigrate, slander, defile, corrupt, sully, stain, besmirch, smirch, defame, foul, taint, cloud, befoul

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tarnish

    Whatever mars the beauty or completeness of an object is a blemish, whether original, as squinting eyes, or the result of accident or disease, etc., as the pits of smallpox. A blemish is superficial; a flaw or taint is in structure or substance. In the moral sense, we speak of a blot or stain upon reputation; a flaw or taint in character. A defect is the want or lack of something; fault, primarily a failing, is something that fails of an apparent intent or disappoints a natural expectation; thus a sudden dislocation or displacement of geological strata is called a fault. Figuratively, a blemish comes from one's own ill-doing; a brand or stigma is inflicted by others; as, the brand of infamy.

    blemish, blot, blur, brand, crack, daub, defacement, defect, deformity, dent, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, fault, flaw, imperfection, injury, reproach, smirch, soil, speck, spot, stain, stigma, taint

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tarnish

    bedim, bedarken, dull, stain

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tarnish(v. a.)

    soil, stain, sully, deface, discolor, dull, blemish

  2. tarnish(n.)

    soil, stain, spot, blemish, blot

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tarnish(v)

    dim, sully, besmirch, blacken, deface

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    besmirch, sully

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How to use tarnish in a sentence?

  1. Andrew Gillan:

    We don't see weaker Asian currencies as a positive for stock markets, but it's a little bit unfair to tarnish the whole of Asia as higher risk.

  2. Eugene Volokh:

    It's a difficult zone to navigate, do I leave my reputation tarnished or do I say something that might even tarnish my reputation further ?

  3. Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe:

    We are outraged by this former employee's actions and condemn the behavior she chose to engage in. These type of incidents are disgusting and will never be tolerated or pushed aside at Oakland County, behavior such as this brings tarnish to the badge and is not representative( of) all those in law enforcement who protect and serve.

  4. Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry:

    The Ecuadorian government notices that these falsehoods are also an attempt to tarnish the dignity of the country, when they issue falsehoods, the asylee and his associates express once more their ingratitude and disrespect towards Ecuador, instead of showing gratitude towards the country that has welcomed him for nearly seven years, incurred significant expenditures to pay for his stay at the embassy, has borne their rudeness and to whom he, paradoxically, has filed a lawsuit against for adopting a cohabitation protocol in order to prevent his bad behavior from taking place again.

  5. Jayson Gaignard:

    When you hit rock bottom, you’ll be left with two things: the integrity of your word and your relationships, never tarnish your word and always invest in your network.

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  • تلطخArabic
  • tummua, liata, tummentuma, tahria, hapettuma, hapettuaFinnish
  • धब्बा लगानाHindi
  • окисление, порочить, потускнение, тускнеть, делать тусклым, пятнатьRussian
  • fläcka, skada, skamfila, besudlaSwedish

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