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Synonyms for stain
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stain

    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.

    Synonyms:
    blot, color, discolor, disgrace, dishonor, dye, soil, spot, sully, tarnish, tinge, tint

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stainnoun

    Synonyms:
    color, dye, tinge, discoloration, blemish, blot, stigma, slur, shame, taint

  2. stainverb

    Synonyms:
    dye, color, tinge, slur, shame, paint, blot, soil, sully, discolor, tarnish, taint, disgrace, dishonor, befoul, blemish, stigmatize

    Antonyms:
    purify, wash, cleanse, absolve, ornament, decorate, emblazon, signalize, honor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stain, discoloration, discolourationnoun

    a soiled or discolored appearance

    "the wine left a dark stain"

    Synonyms:
    smear, discoloration, grease, dirt, spot, discolouration, grunge, blot, smirch, soil, mark, filth, stigma, grime, brand

  2. stainnoun

    (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

    Synonyms:
    smear, discoloration, grease, dirt, spot, discolouration, grunge, blot, smirch, soil, mark, filth, stigma, grime, brand

  3. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grungenoun

    the state of being covered with unclean things

    Synonyms:
    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

  4. mark, stigma, brand, stainnoun

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

    "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis

    Synonyms:
    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

  5. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stainverb

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

    Synonyms:
    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

  6. stainverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    defile, sully, maculate, tarnish

  7. stainverb

    produce or leave stains

    "Red wine stains the table cloth"

    Synonyms:
    defile, sully, maculate, tarnish

  8. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defileverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    calumniate, maculate, asperse, tarnish, smear, denigrate, slander, defile, corrupt, sully, besmirch, smirch, defame, foul, taint, cloud, befoul

  9. stainverb

    color for microscopic study

    "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"

    Synonyms:
    defile, sully, maculate, tarnish

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stainverb

    Synonyms:
    soil, sully, contaminate, tarnish, spot, blot, blemish, discolor

  2. stainverb

    Synonyms:
    dye, tinge, color

  3. stainverb

    Synonyms:
    disgrace, pollute, corrupt, defile, dishonor, debase, deprave, contaminate, taint

  4. stainnoun

    Synonyms:
    blemish, tarnish, spot, blot, imperfection

  5. stainnoun

    Synonyms:
    disgrace, dishonor, contamination, taint

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. stainnoun

    Synonyms:
    blot, taint, discoloration, tarnish

  2. stainverb

    Synonyms:
    soil, sully, defile, taint

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How to use stain in a sentence?

  1. Gene Juarez colorist Astrid Burgess:

    Intense violet involves a lightening process prior to a stain to create vivid results and aren’t always easily removed out of the hair, while at the same time can fade rapidly depending on home care and hair porosity.

  2. Allison Mathis:

    No matter how you feel about Mr. Floyd, about his life or his death, Mr. Floyd does not deserve to have this stain and take a wrongful conviction on his record.

  3. Henry Ward Beecher:

    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.

  4. Kamala Harris:

    Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation's history, as is The President. We'll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful.

  5. Beckett:

    Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

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