verb dis·tain \dis-ˈtān\

Definition of DISTAIN

transitive verb
archaic :  stain
archaic :  dishonor

Examples of DISTAIN

  1. <weary soldiers with hands distained with blood>

Origin of DISTAIN

Middle English disteynen, from Anglo-French desteindre to take away the color of, from de- + teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to wet, dye — more at tinge
First Known Use: 14th century


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