verb \ˈtānt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to contaminate morally :  corrupt <scholarship tainted by envy>
:  to affect with putrefaction :  spoil
:  to touch or affect slightly with something bad <persons tainted with prejudice>
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to become weak
:  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

Rhymes with TAINT



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

Full Definition of TAINT

:  a contaminating mark or influence <the taint of scandal>
taint·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of TAINT

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

First Known Use of TAINT



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