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English definition of “stain”

stain

noun [S] (DAMAGE)    /steɪn/ literary
permanent damage to someone's reputation or character: His solicitor said, "He leaves this court without a stain on his character."Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of stain noun (DAMAGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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