taint

1
[ teynt ]
/ teɪnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become tainted; spoil.

Origin of taint

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1325–75; conflation of Middle English taynt, aphetic variant of attaint struck, attainted, past participle of attainten to attaint; late Middle English taynt hue, tint < Anglo-French teint (< Latin tinctus, equivalent to ting(ere) to dye, tinge + -tus suffix of v. action); and teinte < Late Latin tincta inked stroke, noun use of feminine of past participle of tingere

OTHER WORDS FROM taint

un·taint·ed, adjectiveun·taint·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tainted

taint
/ (teɪnt) /

verb

to affect or be affected by pollution or contaminationoil has tainted the water
to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)

noun

a defect or flawa taint on someone's reputation
a trace of contamination or infection

Derived forms of taint

taintless, adjective

Word Origin for taint

C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye
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