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taint1

[teynt] /teɪnt/
noun
1.
a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful.
2.
a trace of infection, contamination, or the like.
3.
a trace of dishonor or discredit.
4.
Obsolete. color; tint.
verb (used with object)
5.
to modify by or as if by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.
6.
to infect, contaminate, corrupt, or spoil.
7.
to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).
8.
Obsolete. to color or tint.
verb (used without object)
9.
to become tainted; spoil.
Origin
late Middle English
1325-1375
1325-75; conflation of Middle English taynt, aphetic variant of attaint struck, attainted, past participle of attainten to attaint; late Middle English taynt hue, tint < Anglo-French teint (< Latin tinctus, equivalent to ting(ere) to dye, tinge + -tus suffix of v. action); and teinte < Late Latin tincta inked stroke, noun use of feminine of past participle of tingere
Related forms
untainted, adjective
untainting, adjective
Synonyms
1. defect, spot, flaw, fault. 1, 7. blemish, stain. 6. defile, pollute, poison.

taint2

noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
the area between the testicles or vulva and the anus; the perineum.
Also, t'aint.
Origin
it ain’t (the one or the other), meaning it is the area in between
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British Dictionary definitions for taint

taint

/teɪnt/
verb
1.
to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water
2.
to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
noun
3.
a defect or flaw: a taint on someone's reputation
4.
a trace of contamination or infection
Derived Forms
taintless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye
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Word Origin and History for taint
v.

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.

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