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Definition of Stain


  1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood.
  2. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processess affecting, chemically or otherwise, the material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye; as, to stain wood with acids, colored washes, paint rubbed in, etc.; to stain glass.
  3. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish.
  4. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
  5. To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
  6. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth.
  7. A natural spot of a color different from the gound.
  8. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.
  9. Cause of reproach; shame.
  10. A tincture; a tinge.

Stain Quotations

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
Bob Woodward

What makes life worth living? Better surely, to yield to the stain of suicide blood in me and seek forgetfulness in the embrace of cold dark death.
Zane Grey

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence.
Samuel Beckett
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Stain Translations

stain in Dutch is bezoedelen, smetten, bekladden
stain in French is salir, souiller
stain in German is beflecken, Fleck
stain in Italian is macchia, insudiciare, imbrattare
stain in Latin is macula, inficio infeci infectum, labes labis
stain in Portuguese is mancha
stain in Spanish is enfangar, mancillar, mancilla
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