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Taint

n.1.A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
2.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.
v. i.1.To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
[imp. & p. p. Tainted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tainting.]
v. t.1.To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
Do not fear; I have
A staff to taint, and bravely.
- Massinger.
2.To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
1.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.
2.Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
v. i.1.To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
I can not taint with fear.
- Shak.
2.To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
n.1.Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
2.Infection; corruption; deprivation.
3.A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
v. t.1.Aphetic form of Attaint.
Noun1.taint - the state of being contaminated
Synonyms: contamination
Verb1.taint - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
Synonyms: defile, sully, corrupt, cloud
2.taint - contaminate with a disease or microorganism
Synonyms: infect
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