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Definition of taint:

  1. A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
  2. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  3. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
  4. Aphetic form of Attaint.
  5. Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
  6. Infection; corruption; deprivation.
  7. Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
  8. To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
  9. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
  10. To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
  11. To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
  12. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
  13. To thrust ineffectually with a lance.

Synonyms:

misdirect, mottle, talk trash, defile, haze over, obnubilate, dapple, denigrate, black eye, neutralize, disfigurement, defacement, reproach, bruise, cloud, grease one's palms, attaint, fault, cast aspersions (on), debase, character assassination, disintegrate, overshadow, stigma, deteriorate, break down, respect, imperfection, dent, a stain on someone's character/reputation etc., disgrace, ignominy, vitiate, turn, asperse, mist, deprave, profane, subvert, bespatter, loss of face, slur, onus, smut, deformity, blur, dishonor, corrupt, smear campaign, contaminant, sully, infect, defame, fog, clean, brand, decompose, spatter, demoralize, rot, blacken, pervert, better, calumniate, befog, overcast, contamination, discredit, offset, bribe, cost, slander, maculate, becloud, molder, injury, daub, attack, loose on, MARKS, under a cloud, demoralise, besmear, harm, thrive, debauch, obscure, cancel out, blacken someone's reputation/name/character, pollution, buy, decay.

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