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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

SamplesThe silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man.

Synonymsdefile, maculate, stain, sully

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blob, blot, fleck, spot

Narrower (hyponym)darken

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