taint

Taint means to contaminate. If you don’t want to taint your drinking water, don’t use an old gas can as a water pitcher. Tainting something makes it impure.

To taint something is to spoil or corrupt it, whether it’s water, food, or even a person’s soul. These days, taint gets in the news if a company accidentally taints meat with salmonella bacteria, for example. If you add something poisonous to a substance, you taint it. A silly person might say when you taint something, t’aint right.

Definitions of taint
1

v place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

Synonyms:
cloud, corrupt, defile, sully
Type of:
deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
make imperfect

v contaminate with a disease or microorganism

Synonyms:
infect
Antonyms:
disinfect
destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing
Types:
superinfect
infect (an infected cell) further or infect a cell already containing similar organisms
smut
affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
Type of:
contaminate, foul, pollute
make impure

n the state of being contaminated

Synonyms:
contamination
Types:
dust contamination
state of being contaminated with dust
Type of:
impureness, impurity
the condition of being impure

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