One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘gold does not tarnish easily’
become discoloured, discolour, stain, rust, oxidize, corrode, deteriorate
become dull, lose its shine, lose its lustre, blacken, become black
2‘detergents and scouring powder can tarnish metal’
dull, make dull, dim, blacken, make black, discolour, stain, rust, oxidize, corrode
3‘he thought such rash actions would tarnish his reputation as a scholar’
sully, besmirch, blacken, smirch, stain, blemish, blot, taint, soil, befoul, spoil, ruin, dirty, disgrace, mar, damage, defame, calumniate, injure, harm, hurt, undermine, debase, degrade, denigrate, dishonour, stigmatize, vitiate, drag through the mud
1‘he was removing tarnish from the candlesticks’
discoloration, oxidation, rust, tarnishing, blackening, film, patina
2‘this won't overcome the tarnish on Alan's personal reputation’
smear, black mark, slur, stain, blemish, blot, taint, stigma, smirch, flaw
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