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TAINTED

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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]

Meaning:

Touched by rot or decay

Synonyms:

tainted; corrupt

Context examples:

tainted bacon / 'corrupt' is archaic

Similar:

rotten (having or disintegrated; usually implies foulness)


Sense 2tainted [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Especially of reputation

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

blemished (marred by imperfections)


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