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English definition of “taint”


verb [T]     /teɪnt/
to spoil something, especially food or blood, by adding a harmful substance, or to spoil people's opinion of someone: His reputation was permanently tainted by the financial scandal.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing taint     noun [C usually singular, U] The enquiry cleared him of any taint of suspicion/dishonesty.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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