tinge

[tinj]
verb (used with object), tinged, tingeing or tinging.
1.
to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint.
2.
to impart a slight taste or smell to.
noun
3.
a slight degree of coloration.
4.
a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering: a tinge of garlic; a tinge of anger.

Origin:
1470–80; < Latin tingere to dye, color

intertinge, verb (used with object), intertinged, intertingeing or intertinging.
retinge, verb (used with object), retinged, retingeing or retinging.


4. hint, shade, nuance, suspicion.
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tinge (tɪndʒ)
 
n
1.  a slight tint or colouring: her hair had a tinge of grey
2.  any slight addition
 
vb , tinges, tingeing, tinging, tinged
3.  to colour or tint faintly
4.  to impart a slight trace to: her thoughts were tinged with nostalgia
 
[C15: from Latin tingere to colour]

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tinge
1471, "to dye, color slightly," from L. tingere "to dye, color," originally "to moisten" (see tincture). The noun is first recorded 1752.
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Example sentences
To my delight, the color didn't fade with cooking, though it did take on a
  maroon tinge.
The newly freed sulfur atoms would then change color and lend the area its
  distinctive tinge.
But the various theories have a distinctly sectarian tinge.
Typically, those who are running for high office tinge their lengthy
  discussions of policy with a patina of piety.
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