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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Examples of distain in a Sentence

weary soldiers with hands distained with blood
Recent Examples on the Web There are disagreement and distain among tech luminaries about this metaverse thing. Nina Xiang, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Opinions about Hogan’s response to the crime range from appreciation to distain in the heavily Democratic city, where Hogan’s support among voters in 2018 was 10 percent higher than in 2014. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021

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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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“Distain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distain. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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