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.