taint

1 [teynt]
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:
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)
 
vb
1.  to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water
2.  to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
 
n
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]
 
'taintless
 
adj

untainted (ʌnˈteɪntɪd)
 
adj
not tarnished, contaminated, or polluted: he was untainted by the scandal

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taint
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).

untainted
1590, in the moral sense; c.1600 in the physical sense; from un- (1) "not" + pp. of taint (v.).
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Slang Dictionary

gooch definition


and grundle; taint
  1. n.
    the perineum. (Crude. See also choad. The taint reflects that this area is not [it ain't = 'taint] genital nor anus.) : I got a horrible itch in the gooch! , She did what to your taint?
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Example sentences
Immediately after the medication is given, give good untainted food or drink to
  clear the palate.
No individual should be executed without being afforded a fair trial, untainted
  by considerations of race.
It is untainted with the more civilized notions of constraining the criminal or
  even converting him.
The question is how to evaluate performance in a way that is objective and
  untainted by cronyism.
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