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taint

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[ teynt ]
/ teɪnt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become tainted; spoil.

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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
un·taint·ed, adjectiveun·taint·ing, adjective

Definition for taint (2 of 2)

taint2

or t'aint


noun Slang: Vulgar.

the area between the testicles or vulva and the anus; the perineum.

Origin of taint

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it ain’t (the one or the other), meaning it is the area in between
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British Dictionary definitions for taint

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