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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "taint":

    anus, stain

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How to use taint in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.

  2. Andreas Simic:

    A positive state of mind will take you far, never allow someone to taint your joy of life with the bitterness of their beliefs.” Andreas Simic

  3. Marc Polymeropoulos:

    The motives of his recent moves at DoD and NSA remain unclear and are of course speculative, although the partisan personnel he put in place certainly suggest that he is stacking the deck, ultimately to win the fight over further declassification of intel related to the 2016 Russian investigation, if he did the same at CIA, install a new hyper-partisan director who would agree to further declassification efforts, it would not only expose and compromise highly classified sources and methods, but also taint the agency in the eyes of our international partners. Simply put, that puts America at great risk.

  4. James Clapper:

    No one can say( the Russians) didn't interfere, and, in fact, I think taint the election.

  5. Bobby Bright:

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

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