stain, discoloration, discolouration(noun)
a soiled or discolored appearance
"the wine left a dark stain"
(microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grunge(noun)
the state of being covered with unclean things
land, territory, soil, spot, mark, grunge, filthiness, skank, discolouration, lubricating oil, grease, obscenity, discoloration, brand, foulness, ground, vulgarism, shit, dirty word, grime, stigma, scandal, crap, smear, shite, turd, dirt, smut, filth, malicious gossip, nastiness, smirch, poop, crud, blot
mark, stigma, brand, stain(noun)
a symbol of disgrace or infamy
"And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
marking, soil, spot, mark, sucker, gull, steel, firebrand, target, crisscross, fall guy, grease, mug, score, discoloration, sign, make, brand, grade, smear, chump, dirt, grime, stigma, home run, marque, scratch, discolouration, brand name, filth, patsy, blade, grunge, fool, trade name, smirch, scrape, cross, print, scar, bell ringer, sword, bull's eye, marker, soft touch, blot
blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain(verb)
an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
"he made a huge blot on his copybook"
vilification, billet, berth, blot, place, spot, mark, grunge, touch, dapple, discolouration, post, grease, spotlight, topographic point, point, bit, brand, position, smear, cytosmear, grime, stigma, fleck, slur, dirt, maculation, daub, speckle, malignment, smudge, filth, discoloration, smirch, situation, office, soil, pip, cytologic smear, patch
color with a liquid dye or tint
"Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
produce or leave stains
"Red wine stains the table cloth"
tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile(verb)
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
"The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
color for microscopic study
"The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To color is to impart a color desired or undesired, temporary or permanent, or, in the intransitive use, to assume a color in any way; as, he colored with shame and vexation. To dye is to impart a color intentionally and with a view to permanence, and especially so as to pervade the substance or fiber of that to which it is applied. To stain is primarily to discolor, to impart a color undesired and perhaps unintended, and which may or may not be permanent. Thus, a character "dyed in the wool" is one that has received some early, permanent, and pervading influence; a character stained with crime or guilt is debased and perverted. Stain is, however, used of giving an intended and perhaps pleasing color to wood, glass, etc., by an application of coloring-matter which enters the substance a little below the surface, in distinction from painting, in which coloring-matter is spread upon the surface; dyeing is generally said of wool, yarn, cloth, or similar materials which are dipped into the coloring liquid. Figuratively, a standard or a garment may be dyed with blood in honorable warfare; an assassin's weapon is stained with the blood of his victim. To tinge is to color slightly, and may also be used of giving a slight flavor, or a slight admixture of one ingredient or quality with another that is more pronounced.
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How to use stain in a sentence?
Nothing will launder the stain of stupidity from his reputation after this ill-conceived outing.
In one afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history -- the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher -- met on this bridge.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
No matter what we do in the coming days to salvage this particular record there's always going to be a stain on it.
They're extremely strong, and they are extremely persistent, and that's what makes them so good for nonstick, waterproof and stain-repellant products.
Translations for stain
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- tacaCatalan, Valencian
- Schandfleck, beflecken, beizen, FleckGerman
- κηλίδα, βαφή, χρώμαGreek
- tahrata, vika, väriaine, loata, värjätä, tahraFinnish
- tache, entacher, souillureFrench
- intaccare, mordenzare, macchia, chiazza, macchiare, pataccaItalian
- پهڵه, پهڵه کردنKurdish
- vlek, verkleuren, bevlekken, beitsenDutch
- mácula, mancha, nódoaPortuguese
- пятно, пятно позора, пачкать, запятнать, красить, краска, морилка, пятнать, моритьRussian
- leke, lekelerTurkish
- vết bẩnVietnamese
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