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tarnish - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tarnish

(noun) discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
(verb) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
Synonyms : defile , maculate , stain , sully
Example Sentence
  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tarnish

its opposite of garnish..simple
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opposite to varnish(A coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface)
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by winder

Tarnish and Polish are rhyming words and one helps to remove the other. If you apply polish to a rusted metal, it will help remove the tarnish.
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by pushpa_edit

tarnish,tardy,mundane, sluggish,slack,shoddy:all these means DULL.......!:)
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by chetan530

Tarnish and Polish are rhyming opposite words, and one helps to remove the other. If you tarnish a polished metal surface/ or a person’s reputation you damage it/him.
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by hcruiz

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