verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stain
Synonyms for stain
Related Words for stainblemish, speck, color, blotch, smudge, tint, stigma, splotch, dye, sully, tarnish, smear, blacken, daub, discolor, contaminate, besmirch, tar, odium, smirch
Examples from the Web for stain
Contemporary Examples of stain
We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
While that is unlikely to happen, the very fact that it can is a stain on the American judicial system.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System
October 18, 2014
About “developers in bed with reviewers,” and the stain this leaves on the “integrity of games journalism.”It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?
August 28, 2014
She is right that, for some, the stain of humiliation can indeed be irrevocable.How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media
May 9, 2014
Hot water makes the proteins in the blood set and that makes the stain stick around longer.How to Be Cameron Diaz
January 6, 2014
Historical Examples of stain
Bitterly he recalled the stain upon his family in generations gone by.Weighed and Wanting
There was no stain of savagery upon the delight we had in coming to this spot.In the Valley
Nay, fear no trick; like you I remember my soul, and do not stain my hands with blood.
"It would be better not to stain our hands with the creature's blood," he said.
A stain on the name of Huron can only be hid by blood that comes from the veins of an Indian.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for stain
late 14c., probably representing a merger of Old Norse steina "to paint" and a shortened form of Middle English disteynen "to discolor or stain," from Old French desteign-, stem of desteindre "to remove the color," from des- (from Latin dis- "remove;" see dis-) + Old French teindre "to dye," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Stained; staining. Stained glass is attested from 1791.
1560s, from stain (v.).