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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Partly from Anglo-French teinter 'to color', from Latin tingere ( TINGE2); partly from Old French ataint, from ataindre ( ATTAIN)

taint

1 verb
     
taint1 [transitive usually passive]
1 if something bad taints a situation or person, it makes the person or situation seem bad:
Baker argues that his trial was tainted by negative publicity.
2 to damage something by adding an unwanted substance to it
taint something with something
The water had been tainted with a deadly toxin.

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