Adjective "tarnishing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Lose or cause to lose lustre, especially as a result of exposure to air or moisture.
  1. with object 'lemon juice would tarnish the gilded metal'
  2. 'The platinum jewellery has a lustre which is unique and does not fade or get tarnished.'
  3. 'The chain was silver and tarnished in some places, from it hung a small stone.'
  4. 'The paintings are made so that, as the silver tarnishes, certain aspects of expression are revealed that would not originally have been seen.'
  5. 'Blackened lead white can be treated by oxidizing but oxygen will tarnish any silver.'
  6. 'He seldom applied surface decoration other than subtly toned lacquers to protect the metal against tarnishing.'
  7. 'The jewelers recommend storing your plated pieces in a jewelry box, away from heat and moisture, which can cause tarnishing.'
  8. 'It was more tarnished metal than glass, and was covered in a sheen of dried soap.'
  9. 'He knew it couldn't actually be silver, it would have tarnished, but he didn't think it was steel or aluminum either.'
  10. 'All of the crockery was chipped, and what little silver they possessed was tarnished to a dull black.'
  11. 'Platinum is a relatively inactive metal that does not corrode or tarnish in air.'
  12. 'I truly hope that those who were in the wrong feel the guilt they should for tarnishing the school's good name and making the end of the 2005 class's school career so negative.'
  13. 'Such companies face an increased risk of tarnishing their image by igniting privacy concerns.'
  14. 'He complained that some aspiring candidates at the forth-coming elections were only bent on tarnishing the image of rugby in Zambia when the sport had gained ground in corporate relationships.'
  15. 'Only sheer audacity would enable an author to rewrite the history of a nation's seminal figures, tarnishing the name of Judaism's noble ancestors.'
  16. 'Musharraf told a press conference Saturday that he succeeded in selling a positive image of Pakistan abroad and that the attack might have been aimed at tarnishing the gains of his tour.'
  17. 'Pasiya threatened legal action against those individuals who are tarnishing the image of his club by associating them with the match-fixing allegations.'
  18. 'In science, reputation is all and it is easily tarnished.'
  19. 'But all the gold and the glory will be tarnished if basic rights - including free speech - are lacking.'
  20. 'But if the governor proposes anything short of that, he could see his efforts fail in the legislature, tarnishing his image with moderates, even in his own party.'
  21. 'And those who were seemingly immortal in their event, like Moses, probably have the most to lose in that being beaten will tarnish the public's memories of their greatness.'


Dullness of colour; loss of brightness.
  1. 'The crystals are perched on quartz along with rosin-colored sphalerite showing the black tarnish reported by him.'
  2. 'Many modern owners see the coloration as tarnish and clean the surface, but it was probably intended to imitate the Japanese dark-colored alloys shibuichi and shakudo.'
  3. 'The 2cm chalcopyrite crystals are striated but quite clean, with no tarnish or coating.'
  4. 'Yet sometimes the occasional tarnish can be a pleasing taint.'
  5. 'I held my memories like treasures in a vault and polished them well, terrified that unless I tended them daily they would disappear under the tarnish of time.'
  6. 'Slightly battered and worn down, it was quite obvious that some of them had been reforged and repaired, judging by the varying degrees of tarnish upon them.'
  7. 'They help dissolve hard water deposits from shower doors, mild rust stains and soap film and remove tarnish from brass and copper.'
  8. 'Remove tarnish on silver items by adding some baking soda and a small piece of aluminum foil to boiling water.'
  9. 'The metal is quickly corroded by sulphur compounds in vegetables and egg yolks, forming a black tarnish of silver sulphide.'
  10. 'Store metal jewellery in resealable plastic or jewellery bags with silica-gel sachets to prevent tarnish.'
  11. 'Neither flammable or easily corroded, it had the advantage that any tarnish could be easily polished off, keeping the graduations highly visible.'
  12. 'The salt lifts the grime and the lemon juice cuts through the tarnish.'
  13. 'To remove tarnish from copper pots, rub with lemon halves dipped in salt.'
  14. 'Acids dissolve gummy buildup and eat away tarnish.'
  15. 'the tarnish on Alan's personal reputation'
  16. 'With considerable fanfare, but without any captains of industry, the president enacted a crackdown intended to take some of the tarnish off the blue chips.'
  17. 'Admittedly, there's nothing wrong with her performance - it's heartfelt and appealing - but this kind of work is unlikely to remove the tarnish on her reputation.'
  18. 'It brings a tarnish, obviously, to the claims by the United States that it is the home of diversity and the haven for pluralism.'
  19. 'But by then, the police were a living joke, the punch line to a thousand donut jokes and a grafting, bribe taking tarnish on the notion of civil service.'
  20. 'You weren't put off by the tarnish on the Revlon brand or the troubled organization?'
  21. 'Despite the tarnish of corruption from the Oil-for-Food programme in Iraq and the constant criticism of its aid work, there is simply no other organisation with the capacity or mandate to lead in times of international crisis.'
  22. 'My test car didn't, and if Alfa's new German management succeeds in its aim, the lingering tarnish of unreliability will finally be erased from the glamorous serpent-and-cross badge.'
  23. 'As your article points out, any tarnish of Bangalore's image is not just a blemish on the city, but also a loss of opportunity for our nation at large.'
  24. 'Although this bodes well for him, it doesn't chip away at the tarnish the troubled superstar brings to professional basketball.'
  25. 'Slowly but surely, with this influence, Jeanne begins to gain some prestige and some of the tarnish of her name begins to fade away.'

More definitions

1. to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), especially by oxidation; discolor.

2. to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully: The scandal tarnished his reputation. verb (used without object)

3. to grow dull or discolored; lose luster.

4. to become sullied. noun

5. a tarnished coating.

6. tarnished condition; discoloration; alteration of the luster of a metal.

7. a stain or blemish.

More examples(as adjective)

"wearings can be tarnishing."


(tarnish)Late Middle English (as a verb): from French terniss-, lengthened stem of ternir, from terne ‘dark, dull’.