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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

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    besmirch, sully

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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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