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noun (n)

  • discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil; blemish. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically (
    Synonym: defile, maculate, stain, sully
    The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
    source: wordnet30
  • To soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to diminish, dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of color. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will tarnish in a foul air. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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