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This is now a tainted place, and I well know the taint of it clings to me.

I will not hear it from your lips, and with the taint of your wickedness upon it.

His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.

The air did not seem lovely to him, for he was positive that he detected the taint.

No taint of vice or dissipation had ever sullied the brightness of his pleasant life.

Do you forget who I am, and the taint that is in my blood; the disgrace that stains my name?

Was he to have the humiliation of seeing the taint revive in him?

In loins of meat, the long pipe that runs by the bone should be taken out, as it is apt to taint; as also the kernels of beef.

Then they strewed the grass on the sand, to purify it from taint of earth, and then they began.

He laughed as he said it, but there was a taint of bitterness 53 in the laugh.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.

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