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TAINT, v.t. [L. tingo; Gr. to dye, literally to dip, primarily to thrust, the sense of L. tango; and n not being radical, the real word is tego or tago, coinciding with Eng. duck; hence its sense in extinguo. See Dye, Attaint and Tinge.]

1. To imbue or impregnate, as with some extraneous matter which alters the sensible qualities of the substance.

The spaniel struck

Stiff by the tainted gale--

2. More generally, to impregnate with something odious, noxious or poisonous; as, putrid substances taint the air.

3. To infect; to poison. The breath of consumptive lungs is said to taint sound lungs.

4. To corrupt, as by incipient putrefaction; as tainted meat.

5. To stain; to sully; to tarnish.

We come not by the way of accusation

To taint that honor every good tongue blesses.

6. To corrupt, as blood; to attaint. [Not in use.] [See Attaint.]

TAINT, v.i. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.

I cannot taint with fear.

1. To be affected with incipient putrefaction.

Meat soon taints in warm weather.

TAINT, n. Tincture; stain.

1. Infection; corruption; depravation. Keep children from the taint of low and vicious company.

2. A stain; a spot; a blemish on reputation.

3. An insect; a kind of spider.



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TAINT, v.t. [L. tingo; Gr. to dye, literally to dip, primarily to thrust, the sense of L. tango; and n not being radical, the real word is tego or tago, coinciding with Eng. duck; hence its sense in extinguo. See Dye, Attaint and Tinge.]

1. To imbue or impregnate, as with some extraneous matter which alters the sensible qualities of the substance.

The spaniel struck

Stiff by the tainted gale--

2. More generally, to impregnate with something odious, noxious or poisonous; as, putrid substances taint the air.

3. To infect; to poison. The breath of consumptive lungs is said to taint sound lungs.

4. To corrupt, as by incipient putrefaction; as tainted meat.

5. To stain; to sully; to tarnish.

We come not by the way of accusation

To taint that honor every good tongue blesses.

6. To corrupt, as blood; to attaint. [Not in use.] [See Attaint.]

TAINT, v.i. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.

I cannot taint with fear.

1. To be affected with incipient putrefaction.

Meat soon taints in warm weather.

TAINT, n. Tincture; stain.

1. Infection; corruption; depravation. Keep children from the taint of low and vicious company.

2. A stain; a spot; a blemish on reputation.

3. An insect; a kind of spider.

TAINT, n.

  1. Tincture; stain.
  2. Infection; corruption; depravation. Keep children from the taint of low and vicious company.
  3. A stain; a spot; a blemish on reputation. Shak.
  4. An insect; a kind of spider. Brown.

TAINT, v.i.

  1. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting. I can not taint with fear. Shak.
  2. To be affected with incipient putrefaction. Meat soon taints in warm weather.

TAINT, v.t. [Fr. teindre, to dye or stain; L. tingo; Gr. τεγγω, to dye, literally to dip, primarily to thrust, the sense of L. tango; and n not being radical, the real word is tego or tago, coinciding with Eng. duck; hence its sense in extinguo. See Dye, Attaint and Tinge.]

  1. To imbue or impregnate, as with some extraneous matter which alters the sensible qualities of the substance. The spaniel struck / Stiff by the tainted gale. Thomson.
  2. More generally, to impregnate with something odious, noxious or poisonous; as, putrid substances taint the air.
  3. To infect; to poison. The breath of consumptive lungs is said to taint sound lungs. Harvey.
  4. To corrupt, as by incipient putrefaction; as, tainted meat.
  5. To stain; to sully; to tarnish. We come not by the way of accusation / To taint that honor every good tongue blesses. Shak.
  6. To corrupt, as blood; to attaint. [Not in use.] [See Attaint.]

Taint
  1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.

    [Obs.]

    This taint he followed with his sword drawn from a silver sheath. Chapman.

  2. To thrust ineffectually with a lance.

    [Obs.]
  3. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it] also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.

    [Obs.]

    Do not fear; I have
    A staff to taint, and bravely.
    Massinger.

  4. To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
  5. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.

    I can not taint with fear. Shak.

  6. Tincture; hue; color; tinge.

    [Obs.]
  7. Aphetic form of Attaint.
  8. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.

    [Obs.]
  9. To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.

    [Obs.]

    They tainted each other on the helms and passed by. Ld. Berners.

  10. Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.

    His unkindness may defeat my life,
    But never taint my love.
    Shak.

    Syn. -- To contaminate; defile; pollute; corrupt; infect; disease; vitiate; poison.

  11. To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
  12. Infection; corruption; deprivation.

    He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. Macaulay.

  13. A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
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Taint

TAINT, verb transitive [Latin tingo; Gr. to dye, literally to dip, primarily to thrust, the sense of Latin tango; and n not being radical, the real word is tego or tago, coinciding with Eng. duck; hence its sense in extinguo. See Dye, Attaint and Tinge.]

1. To imbue or impregnate, as with some extraneous matter which alters the sensible qualities of the substance.

The spaniel struck

Stiff by the tainted gale--

2. More generally, to impregnate with something odious, noxious or poisonous; as, putrid substances taint the air.

3. To infect; to poison. The breath of consumptive lungs is said to taint sound lungs.

4. To corrupt, as by incipient putrefaction; as tainted meat.

5. To stain; to sully; to tarnish.

We come not by the way of accusation

To taint that honor every good tongue blesses.

6. To corrupt, as blood; to attaint. [Not in use.] [See Attaint.]

TAINT, verb intransitive To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.

I cannot taint with fear.

1. To be affected with incipient putrefaction.

Meat soon taints in warm weather.

TAINT, noun Tincture; stain.

1. Infection; corruption; depravation. Keep children from the taint of low and vicious company.

2. A stain; a spot; a blemish on reputation.

3. An insect; a kind of spider.

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