stain

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. color, dye, dyestuff; discoloration; blotch, blot, smear, smudge; blemish, tarnish; stigma, taint, brand. See uncleanness, disrepute.
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(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. blot, smirch, blemish, spot, mottle, splotch, blotch, stained spot, smudge, discoloration, stigma, brand, blot on the escutcheon, something the matter, ink spot, spatter, drip, speck.
v.
1. [To soil]
Syn. spot, discolor, taint; see dirty .
2. [To color]
Syn. dye, tint, lacquer; see color 1 , paint 2 , varnish .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. spot discoloration, streak, smudge, mark, blotch, speck, spatter, blemish, smirch.
2. dishonor stigma, shame, guilt, taint, disgrace, *black eye, odium, infamy, blot.
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v.
1. spot discolor, streak, smudge, mark, blotch, speck, spatter, blemish, smirch.
2. dishonor stigmatize, shame, taint, *drag one's name through the mud, disgrace, *give a black eye, tarnish, discredit.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To soil with foreign matter: bestain, discolor, smut. See CLEAN, MARKS. 2. To contaminate the reputation of: befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty, smear, smudge, smut, soil, spatter, sully, taint, tarnish. Idioms: give a black eye to, sling (or throw) mud on. See ATTACK, CLEAN. 3. To ruin utterly in character or quality: annualize, bastardize, bestiahze, brutalize, canker, corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralize, deprave, pervert, vitiate, warp. See CLEAN, HELP. 4. To impart color to: color, dye, tincture, tint. See COLORS. II noun 1. A discolored mark made by smearing: blot, blotch, daub, smear, smirch, smudge, smutch, splotch. See MARKS. 2. A mark of discredit or disgrace: black eye, blemish, blot, onus, spot, stigma, taint, tarnish. Archaic: attaint. Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon. See MARKS, RESPECT. 3. Something that imparts color: color, colorant, coloring, dye, dyestuff, pigment, tincture. See COLORS.

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