Taint is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of taint, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the state of being contaminated
EXAMPLES - Taint in a Sentence
- A black and immeasurable taint is communicated to all who view it. (source)
- I hate the name "taint," preferring "perineum," but you get what I mean. (source)
- Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but a taint is the doggie-door to pain. (source)
- One definition in the OED of the verb to taint is "to accuse of crime or dishonour." (source)
- And so in this case we've seen that fund-raising always has a kind of taint about it. (source)
- The "taint" crowd is uncomfortable with an industry that will publish almost anything. (source)
- How does he know that that "taint" was manifested more grossly before he even knew him? (source)
- They are not wholly free from the taint which is to be detected in nearly all French fiction. (source)
- Whereas there are a dozen different words for the taint aka grundle aka gooch aka fleshy fun bridge. (source)
- They're trying to place a "taint" on all of those military possibilities that Obama is picking for VP. (source)
- There was that so-called taint, not like today when anchors shift from news commentator to candidate and back. (source)
- But the taint is also spreading to the city itself, which is being portrayed in an unflattering and unsettling way. (source)
- Though these inventions bring a kind of taint with them, being originated by the godless, yet two things must be remembered. (source)
- This is the criminal "taint" or handicap that makes it more likely that the individual should fall into crime than the normal man. (source)
- As defined by Wikipedia, the term taint refers to "the perineum, the region of the human body between the testicles or vulva and the anus." (source)
- It meant they were not good enough to drink from white water fountains, that somehow, they would 'taint' the water, because they were 'less.' (source)
- But they lack a heavyweight candidate for the Senate seat and must escape the "taint" of corruption elsewhere, Mezey said in a telephone interview. (source)
- Many men in America make reputations as humorists, and find it impossible to divest their more serious writings from this "taint," if so it may be called. (source)
- And the concern is that this cloud of corruption will kind of taint our reputation and then prevent the federal government stepping in and helping the city. (source)
- How does it look to be screaming about Burris's "taint" when they did nothing for decades about Ted Stevens, and gave him a standing ovation even after he'd been convicted? (source)
- It appeared in the "National Enquirer," which has accurately broken a number of major stories, but still has the kind of taint of a supermarket tabloid that pays for stories. (source)
- Back in October, blogger John Gruber wrote off the Apple Retail Store Field Trip program for K-12 schools, calling the taint of education with consumer advertising "sickening" and (source)
- Hillary wants to 'taint' any primary wins that Obama may get in NV or SC with the perception that he won based on the black or hispanic vote. thereby those wins should not really count. (source)
- We can scarcely bequeath a greater sorrow to our offspring than to curse them before their birth with this hereditary taint, which is, perhaps, one of the hardest of all evils to correct. (source)
- The disesteem of self, the sense of taint, the necessity of withdrawing from happiness lest I communicate my taint, that is a spiritual malady which makes the ground-tone of my existence one of pain and melancholy. (source)
- But the least tinge of the Tartar taint is as difficult to efface as that of Africa; the little elongated eye, the spreading nostril, the thick lip, and the unhealthy jaundiced hue, are sure to be revealed more or less, (source)
- New Delhi: Against the backdrop of US-based hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal getting a Padma Bhushan, the Congress on Tuesday said these awards should be given to people who enhance its prestige and not to those with a 'taint'. (source)
- The anthropologists were arguing that you can't just look at the male line because one of them could have married a woman who was not pure English which would 'taint' you line below that point with genes from a non-English person. (source)
- Apart from affections of the throat and cancerous diseases of lips and tongue which frequently affect smokers there is a physical taint which is transmitted to offspring which handicaps the unfortunate infant "from its earliest breath." (source)
- They may go as far as commanding another examination of the rejected absentee ballots, but I don't believe the judges will find enough "taint" in the process (despite the basic issue with the margin of error) to find cause to command a revote. (source)
- It is unnecessary to say this complaint does not "taint" the Blessed Virgin Mary, because from the beginning to the last moment - when she was at the foot of the Cross - she always kept her unmovable faith and trust towards her Son. sponsored by (source)
- He shot me a knowing look and responded, "You know -- it's only 12 days before the election," thereby unsubtly and ironically reminding the Muslims present at the gathering about the detrimental electoral "taint" of being associated with our kind. (source)
- Countries such as Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba, that have incorporated African religious and cultural traditions into their national identity and way of life, have long been seen as inferior for allowing non-European traditions to "taint" their respective national identities. (source)
- On today's show, Walters was in danger of heading into the first commercial break with nary a slam to her credit, but she finally found an unlikely opportunity after her cohosts indulged in a "taint" - filled discussion of Rod Blagojevich and the Senate seat to which he appointed Roland Burris. (source)
- Moving forward, we need to consciously create other issues that surely cut Democratic like health care, public investment, and broadband for all -- but un-harness them initially from the "taint" of Party ownership until we really fix the Democratic brand and have built true candidate accountability. (source)
- It's impossible to obtain objective distance from hipsterism; if you are concerned enough about the phenomenon to analyze it and discuss it, you are already somewhere on the continuum of hipsterism and are in the process of trying to rid yourself of its "taint" - as n+1's announcement of the event noted. (source)
- 'By --!' cried the native, reining his horse to a dead stop, and speaking in an excited manner; 'I doan't b'lieve it,' taint 't all like ye; yer a d-- d seceshener -- thet comes uv yer bringin'-up; but ye've a soul bigger'n a meetin'-house, and ye cudn't hev put thet slim, weakly gal inter th 'woods, no how!' (source)
- The board of governors came back this year and said, we really think we need to make that demarcation a little bit stronger, and therefore if you have any reality in it-I won't use the word "taint" it-but it will definitely categorize it as reality because if we're going to have something in non-fiction, then it's going to be non-fiction, period. (source)
- My sister in fact never developed a fondness for either condiment, and though I liked both peanut butter and jam just fine on their own, I was way more inclined to make myself a plain (thickly slathered) peanut butter, peanut butter and honey or my personal favourite the peanut butter and golden syrup sandwich than to "taint" the mix with something like fruit! (source)
- The transmission of a taint which is a cause of criminality cannot be denied, but the close investigation of the criminal and of his family has revealed the fact that among the comparatively few criminals who are parents they do not all transmit a taint or defect to their offspring, nor among those from whom a taint has been transmitted has it necessarily been transmitted to every child. (source)
- Moving forward, besides "inside the gate" strategies, we also need for the Netroots and others out there to consciously create "reach issues" that surely cut Democratic like energy independence, health care, public investment, and broadband for all -- but un-harness them initially from the "taint" of Party ownership until we really fix the Democratic brand and have built true candidate accountability. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "taint" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 16 synonyms for taint.
black mark, blemish, blot, contagion, defect, disgrace, dishonor, fault, flaw, infection, pollution, shame, smear, spot, stain, stigma
We have 9 antonyms for taint.
advantage, benefit, blank, cleanliness, esteem, honor, perfection, respect, strength
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of taint from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To affect with or as if with a disease.
- (verb-transitive) To affect with decay or putrefaction; spoil. See Synonyms at contaminate.
- (verb-transitive) To corrupt morally.
- (verb-transitive) To affect with a tinge of something reprehensible.
- (verb-intransitive) To become affected with decay or putrefaction; spoil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
- (noun) A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character; blemish
- (noun) tincture; hue; colour
- (noun) infection; corruption; deprivation
- (verb) To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
- (noun) An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
- (verb-intransitive) To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
- (verb-transitive) To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
- (verb-transitive) To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Color; hue; dye; tinge.
- (noun) A stain; a spot; a blemish; a touch of discredit or dishonor.
- (noun) An infecting tinge; a trace; a touch.
- (noun) A corrupting or contaminating influence, physical or moral; a cause or condition of depravation or decay; an infection.
- (noun) A certain spider of small size and red color, reputed to be poisonous: perhaps a species of Latrodectus, but probably only a harvest-mite, and not poisonous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the state of being contaminated
- (verb) contaminate with a disease or microorganism
- (verb) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon