ternir

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ternir, from Old French ternir (to make dim, make wan), from Frankish *tarnijan (to cover up, conceal, hide), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaną (to conceal), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-, *dʰrē- (to hold, hold tight, support). Cognate with Old High German *tarnjan, tarnen (to hide, cover up, conceal) (German tarnen), Old English dyrnan, diernan (to keep secret, conceal, hide, restrain, repress). More at dern, darn.

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ternir

  1. to tarnish (metal), fade (material)
  2. to tarnish (reputation etc.)

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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