What does taint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contamination, taintverb

    the state of being contaminated

  2. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloudverb

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  3. infect, taintverb

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism


  1. taintcontraction

    Contraction of it ain't.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taintnoun

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

  2. Taintnoun

    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. Taintverb

    to thrust ineffectually with a lance

  4. Taintverb

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

  5. Taintverb

    to hit or touch lightly, in tilting

  6. Taintverb

    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. Taintverb

    fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish

  8. Taintverb

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

  9. Taintverb

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

  10. Taintnoun

    tincture; hue; color; tinge

  11. Taintnoun

    infection; corruption; deprivation

  12. Taintnoun

    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.

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  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. Andrew McCabe:

    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, it is part of this administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel's work.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Andreas Simic:

    A positive state of mind will take you far, never allow someone to taint your joy of life with the bitterness of their beliefs.” Andreas Simic

  5. Joshua Coleman:

    The love that the grandchild has for the grandparents is a part of them, and you don't want to taint that with your own issues around the grandparent's behavior. Parents have a responsibility to walk that line pretty carefully.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. tacky
    • B. epidemic
    • C. indiscernible
    • D. equivalent

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