- to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), especially by oxidation; discolor.
- to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully: The scandal tarnished his reputation.
- to grow dull or discolored; lose luster.
- to become sullied.
- a tarnished coating.
- tarnished condition; discoloration; alteration of the luster of a metal.
- a stain or blemish.
Origin of tarnish
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Examples from the Web for untarnished
How is he managing to appear, for now, anyway, so—untarnished?Teflon Charlie
February 10, 2010
There is something merciless in the purity of untarnished youth.A Spirit in Prison
It was not only untarnished by such knowledge as we brought with 166 us, it was radiant.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
She was the very dawn of life herself, untarnished, unfatigued, unashamed.Margarita's Soul
It is not dirty nor silly; it is nature's untarnished truth.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
Ruth had sent him to her untarnished, and now, while in her keeping, he was drifting away!Sunlight Patch
Credo Fitch Harris
- (of silver, etc) not tarnished or discoloured
- not tainted or spoileduntarnished by graffiti
- to lose or cause to lose the shine, esp by exposure to air or moisture resulting in surface oxidation; discoloursilver tarnishes quickly
- to stain or become stained; taint or spoila fraud that tarnished his reputation
- a tarnished condition, surface, or film
Word Origin and History for untarnished
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.