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Taint infection ,souillure ,trace 

Definition & Synonyms

• Taint

  1. (v. t.) Aphetic form of Attaint.
  2. (v. i.) To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
  3. (n.) 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.
  4. (v. t.) To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
  5. (v. t.) Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
  6. (n.) Infection; corruption; deprivation.
  7. (v. i.) To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
  8. (n.) Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
  9. (v. t.) 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.
  10. (n.) A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
  11. (v. t.) To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
  12. (n.) A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  13. (v. i.) To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.

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