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Definition of Taint


  1. Aphetic form of Attaint.
  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. To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
  5. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
  6. To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
  7. 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.
  8. Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
  9. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
  10. To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
  11. Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
  12. Infection; corruption; deprivation.
  13. A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.

Taint Translations

taint in French is entachez, entachent, entachons
taint in German is verderben
taint in Latin is inficio infeci infectum