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
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Examples from the Web for distained

Historical Examples of distained

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


    Joseph Conrad

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

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    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.

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


    Sarah Jeanette Duncan

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