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1 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
  • criticism of her sister's singing that was tainted by envy
  • a tendency toward conceitedness taints the athlete's status as a role model

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2 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable
  • smog has long tainted the air of the city, making it difficult to breathe

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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

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The first known use of taint was in 1573

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“Taint.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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