verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of taint1
Examples from the Web for tainted
Other uteri, tainted by low, regular doses of progesterone and/or witchcraft, become evil.
For weeks the information coming out of Kuala Lumpur was, at best, inconsistent and contradictory and, at worst, tainted.
There are no innocents in Bangladeshi politics and every politician is tainted by accusations of corruption.
To this day, Palmeiro insists that he never juiced and simply took a tainted vitamin shot.
Ah humanity, so dirty, so tainted, so very much in need of repair!The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)|Kent Sepkowitz|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is when our forgiveness is tainted that we anticipate the “sweetness” of revenge.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
But Mirabeau bore a tainted character, and was always distrusted.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)|John Morley
Unspotted, un-spot′ed, adj. free from spot: not tainted with guilt.
Since you probably have no immunity to the disease, to breathe the tainted air would almost certainly result in an attack.Planet of the Gods|Robert Moore Williams
There was about it all, all the time, a tainted and unwholesome atmosphere.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for tainted
Word Origin for taint
Word Origin and History for tainted
1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.