Definition of 'taint'
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The family name was tainted by scandal. Consuelo & Alva: Love and Power in the Gilded Age (2005)Many of those who could have done the job have now been tainted by scandal. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But corruption scandals have tainted its image. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He has a reputation tainted by his failures after a decade in office. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Unlike many officials he was not tainted by corruption allegations. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He is also tainted by drugs allegations. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Everyone is being tainted by these allegations. Times, Sunday Times (2011)She feels her inheritance is tainted with blood and she doesn't want any of it. The Sun (2006)Onions and garlic taint other foods in a fridge - whereas fresh coffee will absorb smells. The Sun (2016)The big names also recommend that players tainted by match-fixing allegations should not be selected in future. The Sun (2010)It was the mysterious taint of the blood; the poor mother had brought it from her own ancient race. Vanity Fair (1837)Most post-war French presidents have ended up being tainted by scandal. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Nonetheless, he is being tainted by association, presumed guilty until proven innocent. Times, Sunday Times (2015)They worried constantly; food was tainted or too rich; those sauces were disguising something suspicious. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Although he has since put some distance between himself and his old mentor, there are some who will always see the new leader as tainted by association. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The former Olympic 1500 metres champion has since insisted he was only referring to stories which had tainted the reputation of clean athletes. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The couple's appeal heard police bungled the investigation and DNA evidence was tainted. The Sun (2013)That Usain Bolt has been forced to defend himself against any taint by association showed the pernicious damage that can be wrought by the cheats. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'taint'
British English: taint VERB
If a person or thing is tainted by something bad or undesirable, their status or reputation is harmed because they are associated with it.
Opposition leaders said that the elections had been tainted by corruption.
British English: taint NOUN
A taint is an undesirable quality which spoils the status or reputation of someone or something.
Her government never really shook off the taint of corruption.
Definition of taint from the Collins English Dictionary
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