Adjective "Tainted" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A trace of a bad or undesirable substance or quality.
  1. 'the taint of corruption which adhered to the government'
  2. 'And therefore, Dorothy Dunnett is absolved of any taint of anachronism.'
  3. 'Most importantly, as a place to write music, a console doesn't have that taint of school or music-lesson.'
  4. 'Only if racing is conducted free of the taint of corruption will the sport survive and prosper.'
  5. 'Although Luna Papa strives for a balance of laughs and drama, the taint of human cruelty and violence is so strong that many of the comedic elements feel forced.'
  6. 'All of the farmers whose stories appear here purchased their farms under the present regime, free of any taint of colonialism.'
  7. 'Many Scottish Criminal Records Office staff also support such an inquiry so that, by identifying the guilty, the taint of suspicion can be lifted from the innocent.'
  8. 'In 1948 he and a group of friends from his rarefied social circle started Mad River Glen about 25 miles away, vowing to preserve their creation from all taint of vulgarity.'
  9. 'The financing of political activity and membership of parliament should be both open to scrutiny and free of any taint of special favour.'
  10. 'You probably know this, but Rousseau argues that we're all born good, without taint of sin, and society inexorably corrupts us.'
  11. 'Two decades on, Wednesdays, for me, still carry the unwelcome taint of gym class and I hate being so far away from managing what other people seem to find so simple.'
  12. 'Jung says the company hasn't suffered any taint from scandals elsewhere.'
  13. 'I mean, Celine Dion - there's no taint right now to playing Vegas.'
  14. 'If the fever did not kill him, this magical taint surely would!'
  15. 'A low level of taint will disappear in a few minutes.'
  16. 'But what is a taint at the Centre is not a taint in the States.'
  17. 'What's being to protect our foodstuffs against taint and what can we expect to be the symptoms of such a thing?'
  18. 'The three sculptures on show have a macabre taint but, in each piece, the nightmarish quality resonates at a different pitch.'
  19. 'Hannah picked, noticing how the tone of her voice had taken a sort of offensive taint.'
  20. 'But that transition can be a difficult one - today's fame will never disappear, but its sparkle may curdle into a taint.'
  21. 'I feel contaminated by it, almost as if it's a taint upon my soul.'
  22. 'Assimilation, with or without conversion to the majority faith, might succeed in masking this bedrock taint; it could not expunge it.'


Contaminate or pollute (something)
  1. 'Pollution, noise, tainted food, plastics, celebrity boxing - we live in an alarmingly toxic environment.'
  2. 'Lab tests showed that the birds ate grain tainted with insecticide.'
  3. 'Strains of resistant bacteria and viruses are grown and spread through overuse of antibiotics, and growth hormones taint the meat and cause deformities.'
  4. 'Whether it's radiation unleashed or tainted food, how can we prevent harmful substances from being released into the environment?'
  5. 'Salt water edged into the aquifer, tainting the drinking water of the burgeoning urban areas.'
  6. 'The results showed 17.2 percent of the 169 aircraft carried water tainted with total coliform bacteria.'
  7. 'The buttons on lifts, tainted with vague trails of dried-up fluids, never escape her consciousness.'
  8. 'The best way to avoid eating food tainted with toxic chemicals was to buy certified organic produce, Dixon argued.'
  9. 'Once the contaminated meat leaves the processing plants, the consumer really is in trouble - as there is effectively no way to work out whether the meat is tainted or safe.'
  10. 'And for those of us who prefer not to have our food tainted with someone else's tobacco smoke, there will be no smoking in the building, except in the bar.'
  11. 'his administration was tainted by scandal'
  12. 'In context though, the trite lyrics never taint the record's abundant qualities.'
  13. 'They stood in wait, a touch of nervousness undeniably tainting the air around them.'
  14. 'So it would have been reasonable to assume that she may have carried with her an air of confidence, even arrogance, that seems to taint every successful artist once the cash starts rolling in.'
  15. 'His continued presence in government taints it with the noxious smell of cronyism.'
  16. 'While I find the very premise of the show irritating at best, this conclusive season promises to be tainted by an unintended melancholy on top of everything else.'
  17. 'But some of the most prominent have been tainted by scandal.'
  18. 'These pictures, all very considerable exercises in the craft of painting, are, for us, tainted by an unreality which can seem pernicious.'
  19. 'Small dashes of bright primary and secondary colour taint the heavier earth tones, but recede into the moody hues of the whole at a distance.'
  20. 'Both tainted by scandal, they are also the most polarizing figures from each of their respective parties.'
  21. 'Even those whose intentions are purely altruistic do not want to risk being tainted by accusations of trying to buy influence.'
  22. 'One such recommends using an old 'fridge for smoking, "but be careful not to get it too hot or the food will taint from the burning plastic!"'


The perineum.

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    1. a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful.

    2. a trace of infection, contamination, or the like.

    3. a trace of dishonor or discredit.

    4. Obsolete. color; tint. verb (used with object)

    5. to modify by or as if by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.

    6. to infect, contaminate, corrupt, or spoil.

    7. to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).

    8. Obsolete. to color or tint. verb (used without object) 9. to become tainted; spoil.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "atmospheres can be tainted with smells."

    "products can be tainted."

    "strawberries can be tainted."

    "juices can be tainted."

    "foods can be tainted."

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    (taint)1950s: from the contraction of it ain't in humorous phrases referring to the perineum’s position on the body, characterized as being neither the anus nor the genitals.