|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|
|3.||[ adjective ] morally blemished; stained or 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|