verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tarnish
Examples from the Web for tarnish
He said Iran pays lobbyists in Washington to discredit reports by Iranian exiles and tarnish their image.White House Debunks Iran Nuclear Explosion, But Iran Denies Planting Story|Dan Ephron|January 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In response, Netanyahu said Olmert was trying to tarnish his administration ahead of parliamentary elections next week.Explosive Allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu|Dan Ephron|January 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And using charges themselves false in order to tarnish his reputation?
Banville may tarnish his hero a bit, particularly by tormenting him with alcohol.
The aluminum utensils will be always shining, for the material of which they are made will not tarnish.The American Country Girl|Martha Foote Crow
He not only tried to tarnish the name of my mother as well as my own, but he did his best to ruin me financially.The Day of Judgment|Joseph Hocking
Japanese gold does not tarnish so readily as "passing," which is in some respects superior to it.Art in Needlework|Lewis F. Day
No words of mine shall be added here to tarnish upon the mirror of memory this image of a sacred death and a sacred friendship.Life of John Keats|William Michael Rossetti
I am not a great lord, I have neither an historical name to tarnish, nor an immense fortune to lose.The Widow Lerouge|Emile Gaboriau
Word Origin for tarnish
1590s, from present participle stem of Middle French ternir "dull the luster or brightness of, make dim" (15c.), probably from Old French terne (adj.) "dull, dark," from a Germanic source cognate with Old High German tarnjan "to conceal, hide," Old English dyrnan "to hide, darken," from Proto-Germanic *darnjaz (see dern). Figurative sense is from 1690s. Related: Tarnished; tarnishing.
1713, from tarnish (v.).