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Synonyms for stain
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stain, discoloration, discolouration(noun)

    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. stain(noun)

    (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, grunge(noun)

    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, stain(noun)

    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, stain(verb)

    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. stain(verb)

    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. stain(verb)

    produce or leave stains

    "Red wine stains the table cloth"

    Synonyms:
    defile, sully, maculate, tarnish

  8. 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"

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

  9. stain(verb)

    color for microscopic study

    "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"

    Synonyms:
    defile, sully, maculate, tarnish

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. stain(n)

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

  2. stain(v)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stain(v. a.)

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

  2. stain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    dye, tinge, color

  3. stain(v. a.)

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

  4. stain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    blemish, tarnish, spot, blot, imperfection

  5. stain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    disgrace, dishonor, contamination, taint

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. stain(n)

    Synonyms:
    blot, taint, discoloration, tarnish

  2. stain(v)

    Synonyms:
    soil, sully, defile, taint

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How to use stain in a sentence?

  1. Cory Booker:

    Today, we have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country's history.

  2. 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.

  3. Linda Birnbaum:

    When the consumer pushes back, it makes a difference, for example, Home Depot announced last year they were no longer going to sell stain-resistant carpeting because they were getting push back from buyers.

  4. Michelle Rennalls:

    You can do it for I am one to believe. When I first met you, you wore a stain on your sleeveIt was a stain of strength, courage and warfare. You gave me strength, you encouraged my will to keep holding on. Some things we learn from others, yet most things of which we are born. I believe in you as you believed in me. I didn't give up and neither will you. With us in agreement, we will make it through!

  5. Jason Verstak:

    Thanks to technological innovations, synthetic carpets are becoming softer and more luxurious all the time, generally speaking, they are more cost-efficient, hard-wearing and stain-resistant than pure wool carpets.


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