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stain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stain

  1. 1 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable <her poor choice of companions stained her reputation somewhat> Synonyms blemish, darken, mar, poison, spoil, taint, tarnish, touch, vitiateRelated Words begrime, besmear, besmirch, blacken, blur, cloud, dirty, discolor, pollute, smear, smirch, smudge, smut, soil, sully, tar; abase, cheapen, debase, degrade, demean, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, foul, lower, shame, sink; bastardize, corrupt, debauch, demoralize, deprave, pervert, subvert; color, distort, twistNear Antonyms cleanse, purify; dignify, elevate, ennoble, enshrine, glorify, hallow, magnify, uplift

  2. 2 to give color or a different color to <stained the table to look like cherry> Synonyms bepaint [archaic], dye, paint, pigment, color, tincture, tinge, tintRelated Words brighten, lighten; darken, embrown, tone (down); checker, dapple, daub, fleck, marble, mottle, pattern, polychrome, speck, speckle, streak, striate, stripe, variegateNear Antonyms blanch, bleach, whitenAntonyms decolorize

  3. 3 to make dirty <oil stained his work pants> Synonyms befoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blacken, daub, distain [archaic], foul, gaum [dialect], grime, mire, muck, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, dirty, sullyRelated Words contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; discolor; confuse, disarrange, disarray, dishevel, disorder, draggle, jumble, mess, muddle; colly [chiefly British dialect], crock [dialect]Near Antonyms decontaminate, purge, purify; disinfect, sanitize; brush, dry-clean, dust, launder, mop, rinse, scour, scrub, sweep, wash, wipe; brighten, deodorize, freshen, renew, spruce (up); straighten (up), tidy (up)Antonyms clean, cleanse




stain

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stain

  1. 1 a mark of guilt or disgrace <the stain of this cowardly act would haunt him for the rest of his career> Synonyms blot, brand, onus, slur, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, taint Related Words black eye, discredit, disesteem, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, guilt, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame; corruption, debauchery, depravity, immorality, iniquity, licentiousness, sin, unscrupulousness, vice Near Antonyms award, credit, honor; chasteness, chastity, modesty, purity, stainlessness; good, right; honesty, integrity, legitimacy, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness; goodness, righteousness, virtuousness; fame, glory, renown, repute

  2. 2 a substance used to color other materials <applied several coats of stain to the wood> Synonyms color, colorant, coloring, dye, dyestuff, pigmentRelated Words tint, toner; cast, hue, shade, tinge




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