taint definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To influence with or as if with an illness.
    • To impact with decay or putrefaction; spoil. See Synonyms at contaminate.
    • To corrupt morally.
    • To affect with a tinge of one thing reprehensible.
    • To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; additionally, to-break, as a lance, but often in an unknightly or unscientific way.
    • going to or touch softly, in tilting.
    • To imbue or impregnate with anything extraneous, specially with something odious, noxious, or toxic; for this reason, to corrupt; to infect; to poison.
    • Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
    • Aphetic type of attaint.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To become impacted with decay or putrefaction; spoil.
    • To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
    • To be contaminated or corrupted; to-be touched with something corrupting.
    • become affected with incipient putrefaction.
  • noun:
    • A moral defect considered as a stain or spot. See Synonyms at stain.
    • An infecting touch, influence, or tinge.
    • A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in meals
    • A mark of disgrace, particularly on one's personality; blemish
    • tincture; hue; color
    • disease; corruption; starvation
    • A thrust with a lance, which fails of their desired effect.
    • An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being damaged; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
    • The perineum.
    • A thrust with a lance, which fails of its desired effect.
    • An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being damaged; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
    • Tincture; hue; shade; tinge.
    • illness; corruption; deprivation.
    • A blemish on reputation; tarnish; place; disgrace.
    • colors; hue; dye; tinge.
    • A stain; a spot; a blemish; a little discredit or dishonor.
    • An infecting tinge; a trace; a feeling.
    • A corrupting or contaminating influence, real or moral; an underlying cause or condition of depravation or decay; contamination.
    • a specific spider of small-size and red color, reputed becoming poisonous: perhaps a species of Latrodectus, but probably just a harvest-mite, rather than poisonous.
    • A thrust, since a lance in tilting; specially, an initial action or test with a weapon, like in the tilt, or, by expansion, in fight.
    • their state to be polluted
  • verb:
    • To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external representative, either literally or morally.
    • To spoil (meals) by contamination.
    • contaminate with a disease or microorganism
    • destination under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  • others:
    • To tinge; tincture; therefore, to imbue; touch; impact.
    • To imbue with some thing of a deleterious or offensive nature; infect or impregnate with a noxious compound or concept; influence with insalubrity, contagion, condition, and/or want.
    • to create noisome or poisonous in constitution; corrupt the sun and rain of; render putrid, deleterious, or unfit to be used as food or drink.
    • To corrupt morally; imbue with perverse or objectionable ideas; exert a vitiating impact over; pervert; contaminate.
    • To give a corrupted character or appearance to; influence injuriously; stain; sully; tarnish.
    • To disgrace; fix contumely upon.
    • to deal with with a tincture; embrocate; mollify.
    • = Syn. 2-5. Contaminate, Defile, Taint, Pollute, Corrupt, Vitiate. Whether these words are seen as indicating the injuring of purity or perhaps the spoiling of price, they've been in the near order of strength, except that each can be used in various quantities of energy, hence vitiate is amongst the weaker words and taint a strong word for rendering impure. Corrupt means the absolute destruction of purity. They all advise an influence from without coming upon or into that whose purity or value is hurt.
    • to-be tinged or tinctured; become imbued or handled.
    • To become tainted or rancid; be impacted with incipient putrefaction.
    • Tainted; touched; imbued.
    • to the touch or hit-in tilting; reach with a thrust, since a lance or other weapon.
    • To push, as a lance or other weapon, particularly in tilting.
    • to create an endeavor or essay, as a juster; tilt, as in the just; make a thrust.
    • To attaint.

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