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[dis-kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or fact of discoloring or the state of being discolored.
  2. a discolored marking or area; stain.
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Origin of discoloration

First recorded in 1635–45; discolor + -ation
Also called dis·col·or·ment.
Related formsself-dis·col·or·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.

  • Inside the ship, the Nipe neither knew nor cared about the discoloration.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • This removed from white fabrics every vestige of discoloration or stain.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • As I watched I observed that the discoloration was beginning to fade.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard

  • It was hardly more than a discoloration, and suggested nothing of consequence.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

Word Origin and History for discoloration


1640s, noun of action from discolorate (early 15c.), from past participle stem of Medieval Latin discolorare (see discolor) + -ation.

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