1. [ verb ] make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; also used metaphorically
Synonyms: tarnish stain defile sully

: "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air" "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

Related terms: spot darken blot macule tarnish
2. [ adjective ] spotted or blotched
Related terms: dirty
3. [ adjective ] morally blemished; stained or impure
Synonyms: defiled
Related terms: impure
4. [ verb ] spot, stain, or pollute
Synonyms: befoul defile foul

"The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"

Related terms: dishonor macule defiler befoulment
Similar spelling:   maculation