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English definition of “taint”


verb [T] uk   /teɪnt/ us  
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
noun [C usually singular, U] uk   us  
The enquiry cleared him of any taint of suspicion/dishonesty.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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