Rand Paul recognizes that he cannot win a major-party presidential nomination if he is perceived as tainted by racism.
The X-Games' reputation was tainted and Sajed was left with no choice but to cancel the appearance.
The race was also tainted with accusations of stealing delegate votes, and emotions were high.
And preliminary reports suggest that thousands of irregularities have tainted the results.
Galbraith and Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy, feel the elections are tainted and try to confront Karzai.
And the air was tainted and vitiated by the emanations from them, the owners having no vestige of regard for other peoples health.
The name he bore must not be tainted even by the appearance of a crime.
Butchers generally, with an eye to economy, make sausage-meat of bad or tainted pork.
Humanity cannot live in its tainted air, and its children are doomed.
She was tainted in a thousand ways, while he was a man of breeding and right principle.
1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.