Definitions of taint

  1. To be affected with incipient putrefaction.
  2. To take, have, or cause to have a taint; infect; corrupt.
  3. To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
  4. To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
  5. To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
  6. Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
  7. To fill with something unpleasant or poisonous, as a disease; to infect or corrupt.
  8. To tinge, moisten, or impregnate with anything noxious: to infect: to stain.
  9. To infect; corrupt.
  10. To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
  11. To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
  12. To become spoiled, as meat.
  13. To be affected with something corrupting.
  14. contaminate with a disease or microorganism
  15. To imbue or impregnate with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; to infect; to poison; to corrupt, as by incipient putrefaction; to stain; to tarnish.
  16. To defile; to contaminate; to impregnate with anything corrupt or foul; to sully; to be infected or corrupted.
  17. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  18. 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.
  19. Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
  20. Infection; corruption; deprivation.
  21. A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
  22. Corruption; infection; a moral spot or stain; disgrace.
  23. A stain or tincture: infection or corruption: a spot: a moral blemish.
  24. Infection; corruption.
  25. A trace or germ of decay; corruption.
  26. Tincture; stain; infection; corruption; depravation; a stain; a blemish on reputation; a kind of spider.
  27. A stain; a tincture; a blemish; infection.