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[dih-steyn] /dɪˈsteɪn/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
to discolor; stain; sully.
Origin of distain
1350-1400; Middle English desteignen < Anglo-French, Middle French desteign-, stem of desteindre, equivalent to des- dis-1 + teindre < Latin tingere to dye, tinge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Amidst all the grandeur of tapestry and painting one must not lose sight of the simpler methods, for they are not to be distained.

  • The haggard Morrison followed obediently into a sombre, cool hovel which he would have distained to enter at any other time.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He was dressed in a gray-flannel gown and short breeches, the stockings wrinkled and distained, the feet in slippers.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And as the coughing urchin groans, and claps his hand to his mouth, distained is the snowball that drops unlaunched at his feet.

  • The door, which was equipped with neither bell nor knocker, was blistered and distained.

  • It was doubtless precisely because she distained certain forms of feminine barter that she got so much for nothing.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan

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