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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAINTED

The Athenians, we may believe, had been tainted by the baseness of their confederates.

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

No one can suspect Hogarth to have been tainted by the vices he exposed.

Yet he knew how little the man was tainted with the disease of these others.

But he could keep the army no longer in the tainted air of Jaffa.

You know that money gotten that way is tainted money, more or less.

Again he inhaled deeply the tainted air, and again he opened his eyes.

But Mirabeau bore a tainted character, and was always distrusted.

The soul may be tainted by the flesh: but how the flesh can be soul-tainted, I cannot understand.

But I cannot withhold it, even though it has gone down, tainted and dishonored.

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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