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tarnish

verb uk   /ˈtɑː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈtɑːr-/

tarnish verb (METAL)

[I or T] to make or (especially of metal) become less bright or a different colourMetals and metalworkingChemical elementsMaking things dirty and untidy

tarnish verb (GOOD OPINION)

[T] to make people think that someone or something is less good: By this time a series of scandals had severely tarnished the leader's image/reputation.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
tarnished
adjective uk   /-nɪʃt/ us  
Metals and metalworkingChemical elementsDirty and untidyDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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