tarnish (n):
discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
tarnish (v):
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man

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A bad person will sooner or later be the cause of his own downfall.

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