Part of speech: noun

A contaminating; taint.

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Usage examples "contamination":

  1. Almost simultaneously the malady broke out in the Essex marshes, and in every instance we trace a more or less direct contamination by foreign stock. - "On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment", Honoré Bourguignon.
  2. To do so, they held, would not only be humiliating to the pride of the white men, but the contamination would be unwise if not dangerous. - "The Facts of Reconstruction", John R. Lynch.
  3. It is a necessary consequence, if the moon, at certain periods, shed a baneful influence on the human intellect, that the intermediate periods would be exempt from its contamination; or, speaking more technically, at certain phases of that luminary, a person would be visited by an insane paroxysm, and at others, experience a lucid interval. - "A Letter to the Right Honorable the Lord Chancellor, on the Nature and Interpretation of Unsoundness of Mind, and Imbecility of Intellect", John Haslam.