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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. taint

    Whatever mars the beauty or completeness of an object is a blemish, whether original, as squinting eyes, or the result of accident or disease, etc., as the pits of smallpox. A blemish is superficial; a flaw or taint is in structure or substance. In the moral sense, we speak of a blot or stain upon reputation; a flaw or taint in character. A defect is the want or lack of something; fault, primarily a failing, is something that fails of an apparent intent or disappoints a natural expectation; thus a sudden dislocation or displacement of geological strata is called a fault. Figuratively, a blemish comes from one's own ill-doing; a brand or stigma is inflicted by others; as, the brand of infamy.

    blemish, blot, blur, brand, crack, daub, defacement, defect, deformity, dent, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, fault, flaw, imperfection, injury, reproach, smirch, soil, speck, spot, stain, stigma, tarnish

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. taint

    imbue, impregnate, infect, defile, corrupt, stain, sully, tarnish, contaminate, vitiate, poison, pollute, blot, disgrace, dishonor

    disinfect, purify, cleanse, efface, signalize, credit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contamination, taintverb

    the state of being contaminated

    pollution, contamination, contaminant

  2. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloudverb

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

    subvert, besmirch, fog, calumniate, foul, infect, overcast, becloud, befoul, maculate, slander, demoralise, dapple, cloud, misdirect, debase, pervert, demoralize, sully, defame, asperse, vitiate, profane, defile, obscure, mist, stain, haze over, smear, denigrate, deprave, mottle, tarnish, buy, befog, grease one's palms, smirch, bribe, debauch, spoil, corrupt, obnubilate

  3. infect, taintverb

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism

    cloud, defile, corrupt, sully, infect

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. taintverb

    imbue, impregnate

  2. taintverb

    corrupt, infect, contaminate, defile, poison, make noxious, make putrid

  3. taintverb

    tarnish, stain, sully

  4. taintnoun

    tincture, tinge, stain

  5. taintnoun

    infection, corruption, depravation, contamination, defilement

  6. taintnoun

    fault, blemish, defect, flaw, spot

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. taintnoun

    infection, contamination, vitiation, defilement, pollution

  2. taintverb

    imbue, impregnate, corrupt, infect, vitiate, sully, besmirch, discolor, contaminate

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  1. List of paraphrases for "taint":

    anus, stain

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  1. Bobby Bright:

    I will not let them taint me as a left-wing liberal, people know Bobby Bright. They know I'm conservative.

  2. Angus King:

    That's where it worries me that the President apparently has been pressing the intelligence community to find what he wants to find, the question should be,' Where did the virus come from ?' not' Don't you think it came from a lab ?' ... Because if they taint the intelligence before it gets to them, they're going to make bad decisions.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    To be rich or to be poor, that is the question." Hunger or homelessness can signify poverty and so can mental or emotional deficiency. Hunger or homelessness are lethal physical hazards, if they bear the taint of starvation or hypothermia. Mental or emotional deficiencies are inexorable perils, if they are stained by the black mark of depression or hopelessness. The magic antidote in any circumstances is seeing the bright side of things, possibly "with a little help". ( "Homeless down in the corner" )

  4. Joshua Coleman:

    The love that the grandchild has for the grandparents is a part of them, and you don't want to taint that with your own issues around the grandparent's behavior. Parents have a responsibility to walk that line pretty carefully.

  5. Hatice Cengiz:

    I am deeply grateful for the solidarity of people all over the world. I am, however, disappointed in the actions of the leadership in many countries, particularly in the Hatice Cengiz, president Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served. President Trump should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiancé's murder. Let President Trump not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values.

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