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taint

taint

 
 
pronunciation:
teInt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tainted, tainting, taints
definition 1: to slightly corrupt or pollute.
Her surly manner tainted her beauty.Sulfur tainted the water supply.
synonyms:
blemish, defile, mar, sully
antonyms:
enhance, purify
similar words:
adulterate, cloud, contaminate, corrupt, debase, infect, pollute, spoil, vitiate
definition 2: to tarnish, as with moral wrongness.
Their victory was tainted by the suspicion that they had cheated.
synonyms:
defile, degrade, pollute, stain, sully, tarnish
similar words:
corrupt, debase, infect, smear, spoil
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become tainted.
synonyms:
tarnish
similar words:
corrupt, decay, degrade, go, rot, spoil, turn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small amount of something harmful, offensive, unhealthy, or the like.
synonyms:
adulterant, contaminant, pollutant, virus
similar words:
canker, poison
definition 2: a hint or trace of moral wrongness.
the taint of associating with a criminal
synonyms:
blemish, smear, stain
similar words:
blot, spot, tarnish
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derivation: tainted (adj.)