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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tainted mean? 

TAINTED (adjective)
  The adjective TAINTED has 2 senses:

1. touched by rot or decay
2. especially of reputation

  Familiarity information: TAINTED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TAINTED (adjective)

Sense 1tainted [BACK TO TOP]


Touched by rot or decay


tainted; corrupt

Context examples:

tainted bacon / 'corrupt' is archaic


rotten (having or disintegrated; usually implies foulness)

Sense 2tainted [BACK TO TOP]


Especially of reputation


besmirched; tarnished; sullied; spotted; tainted; stained; flyblown; damaged

Context examples:

the senator's seriously damaged reputation / a flyblown reputation / a tarnished reputation / inherited a spotted name


blemished (marred by imperfections)

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