English noun: tarnish
|1.||tarnish (attribute) discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation|
|Broader (hypernym)||discoloration, discolouration, stain|
English verb: tarnish
|1.||tarnish (contact) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically|
|Samples||The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.|
Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man.
|Synonyms||defile, maculate, stain, sully|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||blob, blot, fleck, spot|