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taint

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verb \ˈtānt\

Simple Definition of taint

  • : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)

  • : to make (something) dangerous or dirty especially by adding something harmful or undesirable to it

Full Definition of taint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to contaminate morally :  corrupt <scholarship tainted by envy>

  3. 2 :  to affect with putrefaction :  spoil

  4. 3 :  to touch or affect slightly with something bad <persons tainted with prejudice>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 obsolete :  to become weak

  7. 2 :  to become affected with putrefaction :  spoil

Examples of taint

  1. <criticism of her sister's singing that was tainted by envy>

  2. <a tendency toward conceitedness taints that athlete's status as a role model>



Origin of taint

Middle English teynten to color & taynten to attaint; Middle English teynten, from Anglo-French teinter, from teint, past participle of teindre, from Latin tingere; Middle English taynten, short for attaynten — more at tinge, attain


First Known Use: 1573

Synonym Discussion of taint

contaminate, taint, pollute, defile mean to make impure or unclean. contaminate implies intrusion of or contact with dirt or foulness from an outside source <water contaminated by industrial wastes>. taint stresses the loss of purity or cleanliness that follows contamination <tainted meat> <a politician's tainted reputation>. pollute, sometimes interchangeable with contaminate, distinctively may imply that the process which begins with contamination is complete and that what was pure or clean has been made foul, poisoned, or filthy <the polluted waters of the river>. defile implies befouling of what could or should have been kept clean and pure or held sacred and commonly suggests violation or desecration <defile a hero's memory with slanderous innuendo>.

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taint

noun

Simple Definition of taint

  • : something that causes a person or thing to be thought of as bad, dishonest, etc.

Full Definition of taint

  1. :  a contaminating mark or influence <the taint of scandal>

taint·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of taint

  1. <that rare political campaign that wasn't marred by the taint of false accusations>



1601

First Known Use of taint

1601



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