Their reddish-brown skin has been com pared in hue to tarnished copper.
But the great majority of persons considered that, whatever arguments might have been urged for concession in 1880, when British troopshad suffered no reverses, nothing could be said for concession in 1881, when their arms had been tarnished by a humiliating disaster.
It preserves its lustre in dry air, but in moist air it becomes tarnished by the formation of a film of oxide.
His fame is tarnished, however, by numerous deeds of tyranny and cruelty.
He was perhaps wanting in firmness of character, and the undue influence exercised over him by unscrupulous ministers, or by the seductions of fairer but no less ambitious votaries of statecraft, led him to make concessions which tarnished the glory of his reign, and were followed by baneful results for the welfare of his empire.