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English definition of “tarnish”

tarnish

verb [T] (GOOD OPINION)    /ˈtɑː.nɪʃ/ US  /ˈtɑːr-/
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     /-nɪʃt/ adjective Metals and metalworkingChemical elementsDirty and untidyDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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