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Definition of 'tarnish'

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The irresponsible behaviour of the few can no longer be allowed to tarnish the reputation and the contribution of the many. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But I'm not aware of any players being involved in any wrongdoing that would tarnish the image of football. The Sun (2016)Why should his name be tarnished if he has been proved innocent? The Sun (2013)Yet that key part of its activity has seen its image tarnished. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Such sordid scandals tarnish the beautiful game. The Sun (2015)Was it necessary to tarnish her name and spoil our memories? The Sun (2011)We were to go there and try to restore this somewhat tarnished image. Stewart, Bob (Lt-Col) Broken Lives (1993)Others felt that their names emerged tarnished from the encounter. Times, Sunday Times (2011)If his name comes out it would tarnish his image as a family man. The Sun (2011)It is also somewhat fitting that his behaviour as a college student has tarnished his name. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As a result of their greed my good name has been tarnished by deceit and innuendo. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We are of the view that any attempt to tarnish the image of national heroes should not be permitted. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The affair has seriously tarnished the game's reputation for sportsmanship. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The two front-runners have been tarnished already by bad publicity. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Now reputations have been tarnished. The Sun (2008)While gold is perceived as the currency of central bankers, silver is tarnished by its less salubrious links to hot money. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Fans of the domestic game in China have been forced to watch the beautiful game tarnished time and again by scandal and corruption. Times, Sunday Times (2015)ONCE again, an already flawed football game is tarnished by a mindless minority of fans. The Sun (2013)His reputation, already tarnished from past misdemeanours, was shredded beyond repair. The Sun (2012)Australia emerged with a 2-1 series victory in Adelaide this week but with its reputation tarnished. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The Government will go after banking chiefs involved in wrongdoing that has tarnished the country 's reputation internationally. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His record as a leader, tarnished by scandal and ineptitude, hardly qualifies him as a national saviour. Times, Sunday Times (2007)His serial blunders and financial mismanagement have brought the organisation into disrepute, while allegations of corruption and kickbacks have tarnished the game he is supposed to nurture. Times, Sunday Times (2013)None of them was at Broad and he does not feel that the scandal tarnished his innings, but it did leave a bitter taste. Times, Sunday Times (2011)

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Translations for 'tarnish'

British English: tarnish VERB
If you say that something tarnishes someone's reputation or image, you mean that it causes people to have a worse opinion of them than they would otherwise have had.
This could tarnish their reputation.
  • American English: tarnish
  • Brazilian Portuguese: empanar o brilho de
  • Chinese: 玷污
  • European Spanish: empañar
  • French: ternir
  • German: beflecken
  • Italian: macchiare
  • Japanese: >汚す名誉などを
  • Korean: > 손상시키다평판 등을
  • European Portuguese: macular
  • Latin American Spanish: empañar

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