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TAINT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does taint mean? 

TAINT (noun)
  The noun TAINT has 1 sense:

1. the state of being contaminated

  Familiarity information: TAINT used as a noun is very rare.


TAINT (verb)
  The verb TAINT has 2 senses:

1. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
2. contaminate with a disease or microorganism

  Familiarity information: TAINT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAINT (noun)


Sense 1taint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being contaminated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

contamination; taint

Hypernyms ("taint" is a kind of...):

impureness; impurity (the condition of being impure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taint"):

dust contamination (state of being contaminated with dust)


TAINT (verb)


Sense 1taint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

defile; sully; taint; corrupt; cloud

Context example:

sully someone's reputation

Hypernyms (to "taint" is one way to...):

deflower; impair; mar; spoil; vitiate (make imperfect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2taint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contaminate with a disease or microorganism

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

infect; taint

Hypernyms (to "taint" is one way to...):

contaminate; foul; pollute (make impure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "taint"):

superinfect (infect (an infected cell) further or infect a cell already containing similar organisms)

smut (affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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