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taint

  

      vb  
1    to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination  
oil has tainted the water     
2    to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc.)  
      n  
3    a defect or flaw  
a taint on someone's reputation     
4    a trace of contamination or infection  
     (C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye)  
  taintless      adj  
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taint

  

      vb  
1    adulterate, blight, contaminate, corrupt, dirty, foul, infect, poison, pollute, soil, spoil  
2    besmirch, blacken, blemish, blot, brand, damage, defile, disgrace, dishonour, muddy, ruin, shame, smear, smirch, stain, stigmatize, sully, tarnish, vitiate  
      n  
3    black mark, blemish, blot, blot on one's escutcheon, defect, demerit, disgrace, dishonour, fault, flaw, shame, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stigma  
4    contagion, contamination, infection, pollution  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
1    clean, cleanse, decontaminate, disinfect, purify  

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tain, tint, Taine, Taino

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