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Meaning of TAINT

Pronunciation:  teynt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the state of being contaminated
  2. [v]  contaminate with a disease or microorganism
  3. [v]  place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"

TAINT is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: cloud, contamination, corrupt, defile, infect, sully
 Antonyms: disinfect
 See Also: contaminate, deflower, dust contamination, foul, impair, impureness, impurity, mar, pollute, smut, spoil, superinfect, vitiate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Taint\, v. t.
    Aphetic form of {Attaint}.
  2. \Taint\, n. [Cf. F. atteinte a blow, bit, stroke. See
    1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
             This taint he followed with his sword drawn from a
             silver sheath.                        --Chapman.
    2. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its
       being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter
       in a dishonorable or unscientific manner. [Obs.]
  3. \Taint\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tainted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To thrust ineffectually with a lance. [Obs.]
  4. \Taint\, v. t.
    1. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to
       break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or
       unscientific manner. [Obs.]
             Do not fear; I have A staff to taint, and bravely.
    2. To hit or touch lightly, in tilting. [Obs.]
             They tainted each other on the helms and passed by.
                                                   --Ld. Berners.
  5. \Taint\, v. t. [F. teint, p. p. of teindre to dye, tinge,
    fr. L. tingere, tinctum. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Tint}.]
    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. Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
             His unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint
             my love.                              --Shak.
    Syn: To contaminate; defile; pollute; corrupt; infect;
         disease; vitiate; poison.
  6. \Taint\, v. i.
    1. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something
             I can not taint with fear.            --Shak.
    2. To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon
       taints in warm weather.
  7. \Taint\, n.
    1. Tincture; hue; color; tinge. [Obs.]
    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.