What does the word taint mean?

Usage examples for 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) by 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 by 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. by Edwin Lefevre