distain

verb
dis·​tain | \ dis-ˈtān How to pronounce distain (audio) \
distained; distaining; distains

Definition of distain

transitive verb

1 archaic : stain
2 archaic : dishonor

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Synonyms & Antonyms for distain

Synonyms

befoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blacken, daub, dirty, foul, gaum [dialect], grime, mire, muck, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, sully

Antonyms

clean, cleanse

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Examples of distain in a Sentence

weary soldiers with hands distained with blood

First Known Use of distain

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of distain was in the 14th century

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