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Taint – stain, spoil or contaminate


(Pronunciation rhymes with "paint")


Taint means to stain, spoil or contaminate someone or something.

To remember the definition of the word taint, use the following mnemonic:

The tar paint (taint) wouldn't come off – it left a stain.

The tar paint (taint) wouldn't come off – it left a stain.

Other words with a similar meaning to taint include blemish, blot, defect, fault, flaw and smear.


Examples of taint in a sentence

His dishonest act that day would forever taint his reputation.

Is a tattoo a work of art or does it merely taint the skin?

The water supply was tainted with chemicals that had been used to kill off bacteria.




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