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English definition of “stain”

stain

verb [T] (SPOIL)    /steɪn/ literary
C2 to permanently spoil something such as someone's reputation: Several important politicians have had their reputations stained by this scandal. The country's history is stained with the blood of (= the country is guilty of killing) millions of innocent men and women.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of stain verb (SPOIL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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