Definition of taint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//teɪnt//
; NAmE NAmE//teɪnt//
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[usually singular] the effect of something bad or unpleasant that spoils the quality of somebody/something to be free from the taint of corruption trying to save his son from the taint of prison Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb in the sense ‘convict, prove guilty’): partly from Old French teint ‘tinged’, based on Latin tingere ‘to dye, tinge’; partly a shortening of attaint.
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