taint

verb
\ ˈtānt How to pronounce taint (audio) \
tainted; tainting; taints

Definition of taint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to contaminate morally : corrupt scholarship tainted by envy
2 : to affect with putrefaction : spoil
3 : to touch or affect slightly with something bad persons tainted with prejudice

intransitive verb

1 : to become affected with putrefaction : spoil
2 obsolete : to become weak

taint

noun

Definition of taint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a contaminating mark or influence the taint of scandal

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Other Words from taint

Noun

taintless \ ˈtānt-​ləs How to pronounce taint (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for taint

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

contaminate, taint, pollute, defile mean to make impure or unclean. contaminate implies intrusion of or contact with dirt or foulness from an outside source. water contaminated by industrial wastes taint stresses the loss of purity or cleanliness that follows contamination. tainted meat a politician's tainted reputation pollute, sometimes interchangeable with contaminate, distinctively may imply that the process which begins with contamination is complete and that what was pure or clean has been made foul, poisoned, or filthy. the polluted waters of the river defile implies befouling of what could or should have been kept clean and pure or held sacred and commonly suggests violation or desecration. defile a hero's memory with slanderous innuendo

Examples of taint in a Sentence

Verb criticism of her sister's singing that was tainted by envy a tendency toward conceitedness taints that athlete's status as a role model Noun that rare political campaign that wasn't marred by the taint of false accusations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Morrissette II the Court found that the fact that the children were on all sides of the transaction did not taint the transaction because of the disharmony and antagonism within the family. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 6 June 2021 There is a fear that even with the additional legal dumping opportunities, scofflaws would throw in hazardous waste items, such as paint and petroleum products, that would taint the contents of the entire container. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, 9 May 2021 In his view, answering yes would taint all his decisions in terms of politics. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 8 May 2021 Minneapolis agrees to pay $27 million settlement to Floyd family. March 19 — Judge declines to delay or move the trial over concerns that the settlement could taint the jury pool. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Racist pseudoscience, rooted in our nation’s history of Black enslavement, continues to taint modern medical practice, drug policy, and policing. Ayana Jordan, STAT, 9 Apr. 2021 Jura machines use Clearyl water filters, designed to reduce limescale, minerals, fluoride and other pollutants that can taint the taste of your coffee. Merlisa Lawrence Corbett, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021 But the political blame game that comes with the SARS-CoV-2 origin story will likely taint the science around it for decades—and could potentially threaten our preparedness for the next pandemic. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2021 From frothy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies to awards bait, a years-long scourge of showing extremely intimate characters with zero text history continues to taint TV and movies. Zak Jason, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially proposed a panel stacked 7-4 with Democrats, and Republicans insist that left an indelible taint. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 Because the smoke compounds lodge in grape skins, one way to minimize the potential smoke taint is to separate the juice from the skins quickly, so that the juice can be exposed to the smoky skins for as little time as possible. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021 In the first quarter of this year, organic food sales rose by 9.3% over the same period in 2020, topping $2.2 billion as shoppers sought to avoid the taint of artificial additives, fertilizers and pesticides. Larissa Zimberoff, Bloomberg.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Morgan Stanley was one of the early backers of the family office despite the legal taint tied to Hwang. Fortune, 7 Apr. 2021 Grapes that are damaged by smoke taint might not make a very good wine. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 24 Sep. 2020 Last year, widespread wildfire smoke throughout the state compelled many winemakers to opt to make wines that incorporated less contact with the grape skins, where the smoke-taint compounds primarily lodge. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2021 Even a week in politics or business can see off the taint of scandal or poor leadership. Jim Osman, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Friday’s game dripped with adrenaline and was great theater, a spectacle that should have been played out without the taint of the runner-on-second gimmick. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of taint

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taint

Verb

Middle English teynten to color & taynten to attaint; Middle English teynten, from Anglo-French teinter, from teint, past participle of teindre, from Latin tingere; Middle English taynten, short for attaynten — more at tinge, attain

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“Taint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taint. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for taint

taint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of taint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)
: to make (something) dangerous or dirty especially by adding something harmful or undesirable to it

taint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taint (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that causes a person or thing to be thought of as bad, dishonest, etc.

taint

verb
\ ˈtānt How to pronounce taint (audio) \
tainted; tainting

Kids Definition of taint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to rot slightly tainted meat
2 : to affect slightly with something bad One bad game tainted my reputation as the best.

taint

noun

Kids Definition of taint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a trace of decay
\ ˈtānt How to pronounce taint (audio) \

Legal Definition of taint

: to damage or destroy the validity of evidence tainted by an illegal search

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