Nixon carried the taint of a perpetual candidate who had lost high-profile races.
In losing, however, he will taint his possible rivals—including Rand Paul—as pitiful members of the "surrender caucus."
“Some people worry about the taint of association,” Bradley said.
To suggest that these books were scholarly would be to taint their carefully cultivated everyman appeal with a stain of elitism.
Random spot checks, so that getting checked carries no taint.
The taint of a flippant wit was common to all its members, and their assurance was unbounded.
I will not hear it from your lips, and with the taint of your wickedness upon it.
The Teutonic races seem to be especially free from the taint.
His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.
There is a taint of insanity and of instability in everything, a mark of feverishness and haste and transition.
1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.