• WordNet 3.6
    • v taint contaminate with a disease or microorganism
    • v taint place under suspicion or cast doubt upon "sully someone's reputation"
    • n taint the state of being contaminated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum is outlawed in Singapore because it is a means of "tainting an environment free of dirt."
    • Taint A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
    • Taint A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect. "This taint he followed with his sword drawn from a silver sheath."
    • Taint An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
    • v. t Taint Aphetic form of Attaint.
    • Taint Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish. "His unkindness may defeat my life,
      But never taint my love."
    • Taint Infection; corruption; deprivation. "He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint , which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove."
    • Taint Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
    • Taint To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
    • Taint To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting. "I can not taint with fear."
    • Taint To hit or touch lightly, in tilting. "They tainted each other on the helms and passed by."
    • Taint To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
    • Taint To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner. "Do not fear; I have
      A staff to taint , and bravely."
    • v. i Taint To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taint Color; hue; dye; tinge.
    • n taint A stain; a spot; a blemish; a touch of discredit or dishonor.
    • n taint An infecting tinge; a trace; a touch.
    • n taint A corrupting or contaminating influence, physical or moral; a cause or condition of depravation or decay; an infection.
    • n taint A certain spider of small size and red color, reputed to be poisonous: perhaps a species of Latrodectus, but probably only a harvest-mite, and not poisonous.
    • taint To tinge; tincture; hence, to imbue; touch; affect.
    • taint To imbue with something of a deleterious or offensive nature; infect or impregnate with a noxious substance or principle; affect with insalubrity, contagion, disease, or the like.
    • taint To make noisome or poisonous in constitution; corrupt the elements of; render putrid, deleterious, or unfit for use as food or drink.
    • taint To corrupt morally; imbue with perverse or objectionable ideas; exert a vitiating influence over; pervert; contaminate.
    • taint To give a corrupted character or appearance to; affect injuriously; stain; sully; tarnish.
    • taint To disgrace; fix contumely upon.
    • taint To treat with a tincture; embrocate; mollify.
    • taint = Syn. 2-5. Contaminate, Defile, Taint, Pollute, Corrupt, Vitiate. Whether these words are regarded as meaning the injuring of purity or the spoiling of value, they are in the order of strength, except that each is used in different degrees of strength, and that vitiate is one of the weaker words and taint a strong word for rendering impure. Corrupt means the absolute destruction of purity. They all suggest an influence from without coming upon or into that whose purity or value is injured.
    • taint To be tinged or tinctured; become imbued or touched.
    • taint To become tainted or rancid; be affected with incipient putrefaction.
    • taint Tainted; touched; imbued.
    • taint To touch or hit in tilting; reach with a thrust, as of a lance or other weapon.
    • taint To thrust, as a lance or other weapon, especially in tilting.
    • taint To make an effort or essay, as a juster; tilt, as in the just; make a thrust.
    • n taint A thrust, as of a lance in tilting; especially, a preliminary movement or trial with a weapon, as in the tilt, or, by extension, in battle.
    • taint To attaint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Taint tānt to tinge, moisten, or impregnate with anything noxious: to infect: to stain
    • v.i Taint to be affected with something corrupting
    • n Taint a stain or tincture: infection or corruption: a spot: a moral blemish
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.”
  • Mark Twain
    “His money is twice tainted: taint yours and taint mine.”
  • Georges Bataille
    “Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.”
  • Louis Pasteur
    “Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. teint, p. p. of teindre, to dye, tinge, fr. L. tingere, tinctum,. See Tinge, and cf. Tint


In literature:

If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
He never guessed at any deeper poison at work far below, tainting the very waters at their source.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
A faint acrid taint crept into the air and he felt it in his nose and throat.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And, then, was not Lady Ongar's name tainted?
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Now they had become tainted.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
It's somethin' in the air; 'taint my business to know what.
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The very divines are tainted.
"Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge" by Arthur Christopher Benson
But jest you stop an' ax hes motives, an' you'll find 'taint religion.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The taint of commerce and the smoke of the north hangs visibly on the horizon.
"British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car" by Thomas D. Murphy
And then there is the taint of "copy" everywhere.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells

In poetry:

For lo, as if the taint of hell
Were in the moorland calm,
There rises up with shout and oath
The devil's godless psalm—
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Thus into the lily there entered
The taint of the tainted crew,
Till itself in itself grew centred,
And it flattery drank like dew.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
And is it well for the sake of peace,
Our tattered Honour to sell,
And higgle anew with a tainted crew —
Red Earl, and is it well?
"The Ballad of the Red Earl" by Rudyard Kipling
When all the lower man is sunk,
To leave him as of old again,
Ere that one taint had made him drunk
With the wild wine that devils drain:
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
I love the dead!
And fondly doth my fancy paint
Each dear one, wash'd from earthly taint
By patience and by hope
made a most gentle saint.
"The Dead" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"O! I have done a deed of shame,
And tainted is my virgin fame,
And stain'd the beauteous maiden white,
In which my bridal robes were dight."
"A Vision Of Repentance" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Bottled water on Thanksgiving menu in tainted region.
Tainted beef buried at Alberta landfill site.
Roy Schmidt-Winnie Brinks money race tightens in state House race tainted by election fraud scandal.
Temporary captivity will keep them from eating tainted rodents during eradication project.
All of our favorite sugar-filled breakfast treats are forever tainted thanks to Guillermo Fajardo.
The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing.
Three more lawsuits were filed this week in Roanoke Circuit Court by back-pain patients who claim they were made sick by tainted steroid injections.
Cleanup of oil-tainted Gulf Coast nears end.
The police are tainted too.
Tainted Montana town reaches cleanup milestone.
NEW YORK—The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers.
Phoebe Putney says they have not received any of the tainted medications.
Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the United States, sparking a major recall health authorities said Tuesday, Oct 2, 201.
Hammer said that association, "albeit innocent," tainted Quinn.
Judge deciding if conviction in family slaying tainted by high-profile trial next door.

In science:

This does not mean that data flow analysis is impossible: it is an area of active research, and some of the tools that have been developed for dynamic taint analysis are promising[36, 37].
Functional Programming and Security
Static taint analysis involves no runtime checks, and is not considered under in this paper.
Functional Programming and Security
Furthermore, as mentioned above, in the case when T is tainted, we distinguish two possible variations in the way the test result is conveyed to us.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
T is tainted but does not identify the specific item x in T that is defective.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
Then a summation of the ID numbers of the live sensors in T can be used to perform a ternary-result test, which will be an identifying test in the case of a result indicating that T is tainted.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis