Taint

Definition of Taint

n.1.A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
This taint he followed with his sword drawn from a silver sheath.
- Chapman.
2.An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
v. i.1.To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
[imp. & p. p. Tainted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tainting.]
v. t.1.To injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
Do not fear; I have
A staff to taint, and bravely.
- Massinger.
2.To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
They tainted each other on the helms and passed by.
- Ld. Berners.
1.To imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air.
2.Fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish.
His unkindness may defeat my life,
But never taint my love.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting.
I can not taint with fear.
- Shak.
2.To be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather.
n.1.Tincture; hue; color; tinge.
2.Infection; corruption; deprivation.
He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove.
- Macaulay.
3.A blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace.
v. t.1.Aphetic form of Attaint.

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