1 [teynt]
a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful.
a trace of infection, contamination, or the like.
a trace of dishonor or discredit.
Obsolete. color; tint.
verb (used with object)
to modify by or as if by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.
to infect, contaminate, corrupt, or spoil.
to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).
Obsolete. to color or tint.
verb (used without object)
to become tainted; spoil.

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

untainted, adjective
untainting, adjective

1. defect, spot, flaw, fault. 1, 7. blemish, stain. 6. defile, pollute, poison.
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taint (teɪnt)
1.  to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water
2.  to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
3.  a defect or flaw: a taint on someone's reputation
4.  a trace of contamination or infection
[C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to trouch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from M.E. teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from O.Fr. ataint, pp. of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-Fr. teinter "to color, dye" (early
15c.), from O.Fr. teint (12c.), pp. of teindre "to dye, color," from L. tingere (see tincture).
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Example sentences
The majority were caused by tainted meat or dairy products.
But the groups have been tainted with some scandals because their approval is a
  requirement for receiving federal student aid.
Those facts are so tainted by special interest groups on both sides of this,
  that the truth may never be readily available.
The company has blamed suppliers for providing tainted milk.
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