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taint (verb) make impure or bad [Used usually in the passive].

A thing taints a situation or a person if it makes the situation or the person bad or impure. Corruption taints a government because the corruption makes the government bad or impure. Bribery taints a person's hands, because the bribe they have taken makes them impure or bad.

  • The blood of his father and brothers tainted Aurangzeb's rise to kingship. He became a king by imprisoning his father and killing his brothers.
  • Scandals of corruption taint the present government. There are complaints of corruption and misrule about it. It doesn't have a clean record.
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