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.
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.