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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tar·nish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tarnished p. pr. & vb. n. Tarnishing.]  To soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to diminish, dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of color. Tarnished lace.” --Fuller. Used also figuratively; as, to tarnish one's honor.
 Syn: -- To sully; stain; dim.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : especially of reputation; "the senator's seriously damaged
            reputation"; "a flyblown reputation"; "a tarnished
            reputation"; "inherited a spotted name" [syn: besmirched,
             damaged, flyblown, spotted, stained, sullied,