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taint

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of taint




taint

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of taint

  1. 1 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable <criticism of her sister's singing that was tainted by envy> <a tendency toward conceitedness taints that athlete's status as a role model> Synonyms blemish, darken, mar, poison, spoil, stain, tarnish, touch, vitiate Related 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, twist Near Antonyms cleanse, purify; dignify, elevate, ennoble, enshrine, glorify, hallow, magnify, uplift

  2. 2 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable <smog has long tainted the air of that city, making it difficult to breathe> Synonyms befoul, defile, foul, poison, pollute, contaminateRelated Words infect; begrime, besmirch, blacken, dirty, foul up, grime, mire, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, sully; corrupt, rot, spoil; adulterate, doctor; dilute, water downNear Antonyms clarify, clean, cleanse, clear, distill (also distil), purge; filter; disinfect, sanitize, sterilizeAntonyms decontaminate, purify





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