verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tarnish
Examples from the Web for untarnished
How is he managing to appear, for now, anyway, so—untarnished?
Is an untarnished reputation of more importance to a woman than to a man?
Brimful ran the stream from bank to bank, one sheet of untarnished crystal, reflecting the luminous turquoise of the sky.The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson
It was the millionaire, the man of great affairs, the man of untarnished reputation.The Golden Web|Anthony Partridge
Word Origin for tarnish
1713, from tarnish (v.).
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.