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Tarnish (verb active)

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To Tárnish. v.a. [ternir, French.] To sully; to soil; to make not bright.

Let him pray for resolution, that he may discover nothing that may discredit the cause, tarnish the glory, and weaken the example of the suffering. Collier.

Low waves the rooted forest, vex'd, and sheds
What of its tarnish'd honours yet remain.
Thomson.

Sources: Collier, Jeremy (24) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Tarnish (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 26, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15834.


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