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distain

[dih-steyn]
verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to discolor; stain; sully.
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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
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  • So 1684; but 'Disdain'd' may be a misprint for 'Distain'd' (outshone).

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume VI

    Aphra Behn

  • "All's the better for them to hide in," the old woman was continuing, her face a brazen mixture of distain and contempt.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown