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]
- Rhymes: -eɪnt
Etymology 1From atteinte. Compare with attaint.
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 2From tingere, tinctum via teint (past participle of teindre)
A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
- Finnish: pilaantuma
A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character
- Finnish: häpeätahra
To contaminate or corrupt something with an external agent, either physically or morally
To spoil food by contamination
- Finnish: pilata
- German: verderben
Etymology 3from " 'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass."
- The perineum.
- Finnish: väliliha
Taint may refer to:
abuse, adulterate, aerial infection, afflict, aggrieve, airborne infection, alloy, aroma, aspersion, attaint, attribute, badge, badge of infamy, bar sinister, baton, bedaub, befoul, benasty, bend sinister, besmear, besmirch, besmoke, bespatter, bestain, bewitch, black eye, black mark, blacken, blemish, blight, bloodstain, blot, blotch, blow upon, blur, brand, broad arrow, bug, cachet, canker, carrier, cast, catch, censure, champain, character, characteristic, cheapen, cloud, coarsen, communicability, condemn, configuration, confound, contagion, contagiousness, contaminate, contamination, corrupt, crack, crucify, cryptogenic infection, curse, cut, dab, damage, darken, dash, daub, debase, debauch, defame, defect, defection, deficiency, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature, deprave, desecrate, despoil, destroy, devalue, differentia, differential, direct infection, dirty, disadvantage, disapprove, discolor, discredit, disease, dishonor, disparage, disparagement, disserve, distinctive feature, distort, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do wrong, do wrong by, doom, drawback, droplet infection, dust infection, earmark, envenom, epidemiology, expose, expose to infamy, eyesore, failing, failure, fault, faute, feature, figure, flavor, flaw, fleck, flick, flyspeck, foible, foul, frailty, get into trouble, gibbet, gust, hallmark, hand infection, hang in effigy, harass, harm, hex, hint, hole, hurt, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, impair, imperfection, impress, impression, imputation, inadequacy, index, indirect infection, individualism, infect, infection, infectiousness, infirmity, infusion, injure, inkling, intimation, jinx, keynote, kink, lineaments, little problem, macula, maculation, macule, maltreat, mannerism, mark, mark of Cain, marking, menace, mess, mess up, mistreat, misuse, mold, molest, muddy, nasty, nature, odor, onus, outrage, particularity, patch, peculiarity, persecute, pervert, phytogenic infection, pillory, pillorying, play havoc with, play hob with, point champain, poison, pollute, prejudice, primary infection, problem, property, prostitute, pyogenic infection, quality, quirk, ravage, ravish, reflection, reprimand, reproach, rift, ruin, sauce, savage, savor, scar, scathe, scorch, seal, sear, seasoning, secondary infection, shade, shape, shortcoming, singe, singularity, slubber, slur, smack, smear, smirch, smoke, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, snag, soil, something missing, soupcon, spatter, specialty, speck, speckle, spice, splash, splatter, splotch, spoil, spot, sprinkling, stain, stamp, stigma, stigmatism, stigmatization, stigmatize, subclinical infection, suggestion, sully, suspicion, tang, tar, tarnish, taste, tempering, thought, threaten, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, token, torment, torture, touch, trace, trait, trick, twist, ulcerate, vector, vestige, vilify, violate, virus, vitiate, vulgarize, vulnerable place, warp, waterborne infection, weak link, weak point, weakness, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong, zoogenic infection