See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 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
< Latin tingere
to dye, tinge
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