taint

  • 1 Taint — may refer to: *Spoilage or contamination *Cork taint, as in wine *Taint checking, a feature in some programming languages *US English slang for the perineum *Taint (band), a sludge metal band from the UK *Taint (legal), in reference to evidence… …

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  • 2 taint — / tānt/ vt: to damage or destroy the validity of evidence taint ed by an illegal search taint n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 3 Taint — Taint, v. t. [F. teint, p. p. of teindre to dye, tinge, fr. L. tingere, tinctum. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Tint}.] 1. To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to… …

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  • 4 taint´ed|ly — taint|ed «TAYN tihd», adjective. 1. affected with any taint; stained, tinged, contaminated, infected, corrupted, or depraved: »The death toll from tainted liquor in Spain rose to 22…and officials feared that it would go higher (New York Times). 2 …

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  • 5 taint|ed — «TAYN tihd», adjective. 1. affected with any taint; stained, tinged, contaminated, infected, corrupted, or depraved: »The death toll from tainted liquor in Spain rose to 22…and officials feared that it would go higher (New York Times). 2. Archaic …

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  • 6 Taint — Taint, v. t. 1. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Do not fear; I have A staff to taint, and bravely. Massinger. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

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  • 7 Taint — Taint, n. [Cf. F. atteinte a blow, bit, stroke. See {Attaint}.] 1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This taint he followed with his sword drawn from a silver sheath. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. An… …

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  • 8 Taint — Taint, v. i. 1. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting. [1913 Webster] I can not taint with fear. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather. [1913… …

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  • 9 Taint — Taint, n. 1. Tincture; hue; color; tinge. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Infection; corruption; deprivation. [1913 Webster] He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. Macaulay. [1913… …

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  • 10 Taint — Taint, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tainting}.] To thrust ineffectually with a lance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 Taint — Taint, v. t. Aphetic form of {Attaint}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …

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  • 12 taint — [n] contamination, corruption black mark, blemish, blot, contagion, defect, disgrace, dishonor, fault, flaw, infection, pollution, shame, smear, spot, stain, stigma; concepts 230,388 Ant. cleanliness, perfection taint [v] dirty, contaminate; ruin …

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  • 13 taint — (v.) 1570s, to corrupt, contaminate, also to trouch, tinge, imbue slightly (1590s), from M.E. teynten to convict, prove guilty (late 14c.), partly from O.Fr. ataint, pp. of ataindre to touch upon, seize (see ATTAINDER (Cf. attainder)). Also from… …

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  • 14 taint — vb *contaminate, pollute, defile Analogous words: *debase, deprave, corrupt, vitiate: spoil, decompose, rot, putrefy, *decay: imbue, inoculate, *infuse …

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  • 15 taint — ► NOUN 1) a trace of a bad or undesirable quality or substance. 2) a contaminating influence or effect. ► VERB 1) contaminate or pollute. 2) affect with a bad or undesirable quality. ORIGIN Old French teint tinged , from Latin tingere to dye,… …

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  • 16 taint — [tānt] vt. [prob. a merging of ME taynten, to touch (aphetic < ataynten,ATTAINT) + Anglo Fr teinter, to color < teint, pp. of OFr teindre < L tingere, to wet, moisten: see TINGE] 1. a) to affect with something physically injurious,… …

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  • 17 'taint — /tānt/ (slang or non standard) contraction of it is not …

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  • 18 taint — at·taint·ment; taint·less; at·taint; taint; taint·less·ly; taint·less·ness; un·taint·ed·ly; un·taint·ed·ness; …

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  • 19 taint — taint1 [teınt] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Partly from Anglo French teinter to color , from Latin tingere ( TINGE2); partly from Old French ataint, from ataindre ( ATTAIN)] 1.) if something bad taints a situation or person, it …

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  • 20 taint — taint1 [ teınt ] verb transitive to give something an unpleasant quality that spoils it and often makes people not want it, or not want to be involved with it: The air was tainted by the smell of burning. a. to make someone seem less honest,… …

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