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Taints

taint
1. To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
2. To stain; to sully; to tarnish. His unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love. (Shak)
Synonym: To contaminate, defile, pollute, corrupt, infect, disease, vitiate, poison.
Origin: F. Teint, p.p. Of teindre to dye, tinge, fr. L. Tingere, tinctum. See Tinge, and cf. Tint.
1. Tincture; hue; colour; tinge.
2. Infection; corruption; deprivation. He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. (Macaulay)
3. A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.


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