soil tarnish

  • 1 Soil — Soil, v. t.[OE. soilen, OF. soillier, F. souiller, (assumed) LL. suculare, fr. L. sucula a little pig, dim. of sus a swine. See {Sow}, n.] 1. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.… …

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  • 2 Tarnish — Tar nish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tarnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tarnishing}.] [F. ternir, fr. OHG. tarnen to darken, to conceal, hide; akin to OS. dernian to hide, AS. dernan, dyrnan, OHG. tarni hidden, OS. derni, AS. derne, dyrne. Cf. {Dern}, a.,… …

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  • 3 soil — soil, dirty, sully, tarnish, foul, befoul, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime can all mean to make or become unclean. Soil basically implies fundamental defilement or pollution (as of the mind or spirit) {why war soils and disarranges whatever it… …

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  • 4 Tarnish — Tar nish, n. 1. The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil; blemish. [1913 Webster] 2. (Min.) A thin film on the surface of a metal, usually due to a slight alteration of the original color; as, the steel tarnish in columbite. [1913… …

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  • 5 soil — [n1] earth, dirt clay, dry land, dust, grime, ground, land, loam, soot, terra firma; concept 509 soil [n2] land where one lives country, home, homeland, homestead, region, spread, terra firma; concepts 198,510,511 soil [v] make dirty bedraggle …

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  • 6 tarnish — I verb asperse, befoul, blacken, blemish, blot, brand, cloud, contaminate, corrode, darken, deface, defame, degrade, denigrate, desecrate, dim, dirty, discolor, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, dull, fade, foul, inquinare, lose luster, maculate,… …

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  • 7 tarnish — vb *soil, dirty, sully, foul, befoul, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime Analogous words: darken, dim, bedim, *obscure: defile, pollute, taint, *contaminate Antonyms: polish Contrasted words: cleanse, *clean: *illuminate, illumine, lighten …

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  • 8 tarnish — [v] dirty, corrupt befoul, begrime, blacken, blemish, blot, contaminate, damage, darken, defame, defile, dim, discolor, disgrace, dull, embarrass, grime, harm, hurt, impair, injure, lose luster, lose shine, mar, muddy, pale, pollute, rust,… …

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  • 9 soil — index brand (stigmatize), debase, deface, denigrate, depreciate, disgrace, infect, onus ( …

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  • 10 soil — soil1 soilless, adj. /soyl/, n. 1. the portion of the earth s surface consisting of disintegrated rock and humus. 2. a particular kind of earth: sandy soil. 3. the ground as producing vegetation or as cultivated for its crops: fertile soil. 4. a… …

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  • 11 tarnish — 1. verb 1) gold does not tarnish easily Syn: discolor, rust, oxidize, corrode, stain, dull, blacken Ant: polish, brighten 2) it tarnished his reputation Syn …

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  • 12 soil — 1. n. 1 the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, consisting of disintegrated rock usu. with an admixture of organic remains (alluvial soil; rich soil). 2 ground belonging to a nation; territory (on British soil). Phrases and idioms: soil… …

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  • 13 soil — I. /sɔɪl / (say soyl) noun 1. that portion of the earth s surface in which plants grow; a well developed system of inorganic and organic material and of living organisms. 2. a particular kind of earth: sandy soil. 3. the ground as producing… …

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  • 14 soil — I [[t]sɔɪl[/t]] n. 1) the portion of the earth s surface consisting of disintegrated rock and humus 2) the ground or earth: tilling the soil[/ex] 3) a particular kind of earth: sandy soil[/ex] 4) a country, land, or region 5) any environment… …

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  • 15 tarnish — 1. noun Oxidation or discoloration, especially of a decorative metal exposed to air. 2. verb a) To oxidize or discolor due to oxidation. Careful storage of silver will prevent it from tarnishing …

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  • 16 soil — I. v. a. Foul, dirty, stain, pollute, sully, tarnish, defile, taint, contaminate, daub, bedaub, begrime, besmear, bespatter, make foul, bemire. II. n. 1. Dirt, filth, foulness, foul matter. 2. Stain, blot, spot, tarnish, defilement, taint,… …

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  • 17 soil — I noun 1) acid soil Syn: earth, loam, dirt, clay, gumbo; ground 2) Canadian soil Syn: territory, land, domain, dominion, region, country II …

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  • 18 tarnish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. smirch, taint; dishonor; stain, sully, besmirch; defame; dull, smudge, dim, spot, blemish; discolor. See disrepute, uncleanness. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To stain] Syn. soil, smudge, smear; see dirty .… …

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  • 19 soil — sɔɪl n. uppermost part of the earth s crust which consists of humus mixed with rocks and minerals; ground, earth, dirt; type of soil; land, country; place or condition conducive to growth; spot, stain; sewage; manure v. dirty, make filthy;… …

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  • 20 tarnish — I. v. a. Soil, stain, sully, deface, dim, discolor, dull, blemish. II. n. Soil, stain, spot, blemish, blot …

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