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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.


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