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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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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“Distain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distain. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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