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discolor

[dis-kuhl-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to change or spoil the color of; fade or stain.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to change color; become faded or stained.
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Origin of discolor

1350–1400; Middle English discolouren < Old French descolorer < Late Latin discolorārī to change color, derivative of Latin discolor of another color. See dis-1, color
Related formsun·dis·col·ored, adjective
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Examples from the Web for discolor

Historical Examples

  • Discolor was formerly in use; but the other has been generally adopted.

    The Hunters' Feast

    Mayne Reid

  • The right eye showed a bruise that had already begun to discolor.

    Cursed

    George Allan England

  • Should superstition be allowed to discolor the powerful waters or my activities?'

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Care is taken not to dip the feet or head in the water as this might discolor these parts.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon

  • I have let it discolor my married life and all the sunshine.

    The Entailed Hat

    George Alfred Townsend


Word Origin and History for discolor

v.

late 14c., from Old French descolorer, from des- (see dis-) + colorer "to color," from Latin colorare (see coloration). Related: Discolored; discoloring.

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