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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contamination, taint(verb)

    the state of being contaminated

  2. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  3. infect, taint(verb)

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism


  1. taint(Contraction)

    Contraction of it ain't.

    Etymology: Reportedly from the phrase “'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taint(noun)

    a thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect

  2. Taint(noun)

    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

  3. Taint(verb)

    to thrust ineffectually with a lance

  4. Taint(verb)

    to injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner

  5. Taint(verb)

    to hit or touch lightly, in tilting

  6. Taint(verb)

    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

  7. Taint(verb)

    fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish

  8. Taint(verb)

    to be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting

  9. Taint(verb)

    to be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather

  10. Taint(noun)

    tincture; hue; color; tinge

  11. Taint(noun)

    infection; corruption; deprivation

  12. Taint(noun)

    a blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace


  1. Taint

    Taint were a three-piece metal band from Swansea, Wales. The band formed in 1994 while still teenagers, releasing a string of demos, compilation features and split records over eleven years until their first full length album, The Ruin of Nová Roma, was released in 2005. Their sophomore release entitled Secrets and Lies followed in 2007, with an ep, All Bees to the Sea, following in 2009. In September 2010, The band announced via their website that they were disbanding after 16 years. They played their final show in December 2010 in their hometown Swansea. Jimbob still makes music, forming another three-piece band called H A R K, whose debut 7 was released in 2012.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Taint

    tānt, v.t. to tinge, moisten, or impregnate with anything noxious: to infect: to stain.—v.i. to be affected with something corrupting.—n. a stain or tincture: infection or corruption: a spot: a moral blemish.—adj. Taint′less, without taint, pure.—adv. Taint′lessly, without taint.—n. Taint′ure (Shak.), taint, tinge, stain. [O. Fr. taint (Fr. teint), pa.p. of teindre, to dye—L. tingĕre, tinctum, to wet.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. taint

    By admiralty law, the taint of contraband extends to all property on board belonging to the owners of detected contraband articles.

Anagrams for taint »

  1. tinta

  2. titan, Titan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taint in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of taint in a Sentence

  1. Ilhan Omar:

    We are a nation of tremendous wealth. Hunger in this country is the result of policies that keep wages low and funnel wealth to the top. It is the result of a political system that says it is OK to spend money on tax breaks for millionaires and the same companies who taint our economy, but we can't afford to fund meals for our kids in the streets.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    To be rich or to be poor, that is the question." Hunger or homelessness can signify poverty and so can mental or emotional deficiency. Hunger or homelessness are lethal physical hazards, if they bear the taint of starvation or hypothermia. Mental or emotional deficiencies are inexorable perils, if they are stained by the black mark of depression or hopelessness. The magic antidote in any circumstances is seeing the bright side of things, possibly "with a little help". ( "Homeless down in the corner" )

  3. Bobby Bright:

    I will not let them taint me as a left-wing liberal, people know Bobby Bright. They know I'm conservative.

  4. Angus King:

    That's where it worries me that the President apparently has been pressing the intelligence community to find what he wants to find, the question should be,' Where did the virus come from ?' not' Don't you think it came from a lab ?' ... Because if they taint the intelligence before it gets to them, they're going to make bad decisions.

  5. Donald Trump:

    This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.

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