AskDefine | Define taint

Dictionary Definition

taint n : the state of being contaminated [syn: contamination]


1 place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation" [syn: defile, sully, corrupt, cloud]
2 contaminate with a disease or microorganism [syn: infect] [ant: disinfect]

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Etymology 1

From atteinte. Compare with attaint.


  1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  2. 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.
A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect
An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken

Etymology 2

From tingere, tinctum via teint (past participle of teindre)


  1. A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
  2. A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character
A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character


  1. To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
  2. To spoil (food) by contamination.
To contaminate or corrupt something with an external agent, either physically or morally
To spoil food by contamination
  • Finnish: pilata
  • German: verderben

Etymology 3

from " 'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass."


  1. The perineum.
The perineum
  • Finnish: väliliha

Extensive Definition

Taint may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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