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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.
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Examples for untainted
  • 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.
  • The government leaders are untainted by any fiscal scandals.
  • But telecoms firms untainted by scandal are also struggling to service their huge debts.
  • There is indeed something thrilling about the purity of their celebrity-so clean and untainted, unearned but not appallingly so.
  • There are younger, untainted individuals able and ready to do a good job, but they seem unable to catch the people's attention.
  • He seemed saintly and untainted with the suspicion of corruption.
  • There are still free minds and free thinkers, untainted by the hypnotic machinery of the globalist empire.
British Dictionary definitions for untainted

untainted

/ʌnˈteɪntɪd/
adjective
1.
not tarnished, contaminated, or polluted he was untainted by the scandal

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 untainted
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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