distain

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verb dis·tain \dis-ˈtān\

Definition of distain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  stain

  3. 2 archaic :  dishonor

Examples of distain in a Sentence

  1. weary soldiers with hands distained with blood

Origin and Etymology 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



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