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1. tarnish

verb. ['ˈtɑːrnɪʃ'] make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically.

Synonyms

  • sully
  • darken
  • stain
  • blot
  • defile
  • spot
  • blob
  • fleck

Antonyms

  • stay
  • lighten
  • cleanness

Etymology

  • ternir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Words that Rhyme with Tarnish

  • varnish
  • harnish
  • harnisch
  • garnish
  • barnish

Example sentences of the word tarnish


1. Adjective
Cleaning the brass removes the tarnish and makes the fire extinguisher look bright and new again.

2. Noun, singular or mass
New tarnish is simple to remove, while older discoloration can be a bit more stubborn.

3. Verb, base form
Because they are slow to tarnish, brass candle holders have been a favorite of households for centuries.

Quotes containing the word tarnish


1. One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.
- Al David

2. tarnish

noun. ['ˈtɑːrnɪʃ'] discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation.

Synonyms

  • discoloration
  • discolouration

Antonyms

  • clean
  • pure
  • clear up

Etymology

  • ternir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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