Meaning of “taint” in the English Dictionary

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taintverb [ T ]

us /teɪnt/

to damage the quality, taste, or value of something:

Bacteria had tainted the meat.
His reputation was permanently tainted by the scandal.
noun [ U ] us /teɪnt/

The taint of scandal followed him for years.

(Definition of “taint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)