to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), especially by oxidation; discolor.
to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully:
The scandal tarnished his reputation.
to grow dull or discolored; lose luster.
to become sullied.
a tarnished coating.
tarnished condition; discoloration; alteration of the luster of a metal.
a stain or blemish.
In response, Netanyahu said Olmert was trying to tarnish his administration ahead of parliamentary elections next week.
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And using charges themselves false in order to tarnish his reputation?
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He said Iran pays lobbyists in Washington to discredit reports by Iranian exiles and tarnish their image.
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Banville may tarnish his hero a bit, particularly by tormenting him with alcohol.
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God forbid I should ever tarnish the glorious name I am fortunate enough to bear!
The Journal of Countess Franoise Krasinska Kasimir Dziekonska (translator)
So many of us tarnish our victories by the manner in which we display them.
My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year John Henry Jowett
Utensils made of this are attractive, not heavy, and they do not tarnish or rust.
Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Household Management Ministry of Education
Though the drops were salt, they would not tarnish the gold.
The Maidens’ Lodge Emily Sarah Holt
These rough hands of mine, will they not tarnish the purity of your white shoulder?
The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere Charles de Coster
The honour of his name is in my keeping, he says, and he looks to me to do nothing to tarnish it.
Great Porter Square, v. 2 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
to lose or cause to lose the shine, esp by exposure to air or moisture resulting in surface oxidation; discolour: silver tarnishes quickly
to stain or become stained; taint or spoil: a fraud that tarnished his reputation
a tarnished condition, surface, or film
1590s, from present participle stem of Middle French ternir “dull the luster or brightness of, make dim” (15c.), probably from Old French terne (adj.) “dull, dark,” from a Germanic source cognate with Old High German tarnjan “to conceal, hide,” Old English dyrnan “to hide, darken,” from Proto-Germanic *darnjaz (see dern). Figurative sense is from 1690s. Related: Tarnished; tarnishing.
1713, from tarnish (v.).
pertaining to or derived from . Historical Examples Here this metallic acid is disoxygenated by the tartaric, as has been long known. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure It is not coloured by the addition of tartaric acid with starch. Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley tartaric acid, or other deodorising […]
a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc. a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.). to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), […]
the act of . the fact of being . a imposed. the revenue raised by . Contemporary Examples Not to suggest European taxation as a model for anything, but only as a warning: income taxes have their limit. The Income Tax’s Limits David Frum December 17, 2012 This is in part because of the naive […]
of or relating to ; relating to science and industry. Economics. caused by technical advances in production methods. Contemporary Examples technological advances are bringing populations from all corners of the globe together. Chelsea Clinton, Jack Andraka, Other Speakers Tout Optimism at CGI Nina Strochlic September 25, 2012 Nearly everything that happens in television happened before—and […]