taint

Part of speech: verb

To take, have, or cause to have a taint; infect; corrupt.

Part of speech: noun

A trace or germ of decay; corruption.

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Usage examples "taint":

  1. Paul does not mean to bring all varieties of character down to one dead level, but he does mean to assert that none is free from the taint. - "Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)", Alexander Maclaren.
  2. Long years ago came tidings of his death, Born sadly on the wind's taint whispering breath. - "Love-or-Fame-and-Other-Poems", Sherrick, Fannie Isabel.
  3. I don't drink; I am healthy- no taint of any kind, hereditary or acquired; I don't have to lie to get what I want or cheat to get all the money I need- and I need a lot. - "H. R.", Edwin Lefevre.