taint

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. corrupt, spoil, poison; tarnish, stain, sully; pollute, infect, contaminate. —n. corruption; spoilage; stigma, dishonor, defile-ment; fault, flaw, blemish; contamination. See disease, disrepute, imperfection, badness, deterioration.
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(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To pollute]
Syn. spoil, infect, rot; see contaminate , decay .
2. [To corrupt]
Syn. deprave, debase, defile; see corrupt 1 .
See Synonym Study at contaminate .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
corruption, blot, blemish, disgrace, discredit, stigma, black mark, *black eye, contamination.
II
v.
infect, corrupt, contaminate, pollute, affect, poison, blemish, blot, disgrace, discredit, stigmatize, *give a black eye, muddy, dirty, defile.
ANT.: clean, purify, enhance
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound: break down, decay, decompose, deteriorate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy, rot, spoil, turn. Idioms: go bad, go to pot, go to seed. See BETTER, THRIVE. 2. To make morally impure: contaminate, corrupt, defile, infect, pollute, soil. See CLEAN. 3. To contaminate the reputation of: befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty, smear, smudge, smut, soil, spatter, stain, sully, tarnish. Idioms: give a black eye to, sling (or throw) mud on. See ATTACK, CLEAN. II noun A mark of discredit or disgrace: black eye, blemish, blot, onus, spot, stain, stigma, tarnish. Archaic: attaint. Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon. See MARKS, RESPECT.

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

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