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tarnish (ˈtɑːnɪʃ)
1.  to lose or cause to lose the shine, esp by exposure to air or moisture resulting in surface oxidation; discolour: silver tarnishes quickly
2.  to stain or become stained; taint or spoil: a fraud that tarnished his reputation
3.  a tarnished condition, surface, or film
[C16: from Old French ternir to make dull, from terne lustreless, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German tarnen to conceal, Old English dierne hidden]

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