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She was sensible enough to sit out jitterbug numbers and avoid music with a South American taint, and Henry said when she learned to talk and dance at the same time she’d be a hit.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  to contaminate or place under suspicion or doubt
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tainted taint tainting taints
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  • She was sensible enough to sit out jitterbug numbers and avoid music with a South American taint, and Henry said when she learned to talk and dance at the same time she’d be a hit.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The stench of refuse taints the air.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The whole situation had taken on a bizarre taint, too casual and run-of-the-mill for the seriousness of what was going on.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Her father’s tainted money had bought the car, too, and bought Mr. Corrigan’s services.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • Blood sprayed out, filling the air with a salty red mist; Simon inhaled it, tasting the bitter tang of demon-tainted blood as he rose to his feet.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Following the mold shutdown of the GED program in the winter, all the tainted books and curriculum materials had been thrown out and were not replaced.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He brought out a stack of well-used, hopefully not lead-tainted, wood blocks, then leaned in so close to me, I could see the pores in his face.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • She stood taking deep breaths of the salt, fish-tainted air, and looked about for someone to share her excitement.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She shouldn’t have entered the tomb, she shouldn’t have strayed into the sacred places of the dead when she was so stained and tainted by her crimes.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • october — tainted love — thursday october 1st 4:30 p.m.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

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  • My dad, in particular, was afraid of transfusions because he had read about people getting AIDS or other diseases from tainted blood.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • It was the best meal Lina had had in a very long time—but her enjoyment of it was tainted just a little by the question of where it had come from.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • No foster parent will adopt a child whose past has been tainted by the disease.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Even the last real conversation we had, on the Saturday night before my great-uncle and his wife came to pick him up, was tainted by the drugs.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But there was a difference this time: the purity of the student body was forever tainted.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But to people looking for a large vessel that wouldn’t taint water and food, and wouldn’t leak, imagine what a blessing an enamel basin was!
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • My survival would no more be assured through funds tainted with guilt across the span of a century.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’m a tainted juror on this one, sorry."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The smell of the fire still lingered, tainted with the smell of filth and decay.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • This proved to be a tainted beef carcass from the slaughter shed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The shame that tormented me was all the more corrosive for having no very clear origin: I didn’t know why I felt so tainted, and worthless, and wrong—only that I did, and whenever I looked up from my books I was swamped by slimy waters rushing in from all sides.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But even that fantasy is tainted.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Born Fairchild, but you cannot so easily erase the taint of Valentine from your past.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Our whole relationship has been tainted by the Games.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Their fights didn’t so much end as dissipate, like a drop of ink in a bowl of water, with a residual taint that lingered.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • If a train stops even briefly, they crouch by the tracks, cup their hands, and steal sips of water from shiny puddles tainted with diesel fuel.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I’m in a dim, chilly cave, my bare feet freezing despite the cover, the air tainted with the unmistakable smell of blood.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Up until now, the whole day had been tainted by suspicion and doubt, but David’s face shone with admiration for what she had done.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • She would make a new life for herself and her baby, and she wanted no whisper of Clave or Covenant ever to taint her future.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • How sweet it was to breathe the fresh air, that had no taint of death and decay.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being season’d with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • HALE, turns from Francis, deeply troubled, then: Believe me, Mr. Nurse, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole green world from burning.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I’m not about to taint Aguirre’s rosy picture of our motto, because I’m starting to believe our principal actually believes the crap he’s spouting.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • When Vrael fell, this area was tainted.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • You see, Jason, your blood spilled on this sacred ground will taint it for generations.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The atmosphere seemed tainted with the smell of coffins.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • You were lucky enough to be raised by Jocelyn and escape your father’s taint.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It’s a sort of disloyalty, after all, to live and taint the race.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • In the corner by the fireplace lay the fragments of half a dozen smashed bottles, and a pungent twang of chlorine tainted the air.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • —it’s tainted.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Bring me no more reports; let them fly all: Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • You are tainted with the power of Set!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He was a shopkeeper in whom there was some taint of the monster.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Of course the honor was tainted somewhat by the presence of the Swiss Guards hovering outside his door.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Harry felt contaminated, tainted: Was that really how the Death Eaters had found them?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Their tasteless tooth will tear and taint The poet, patriot, sage or saint, Nor sparing wit nor learning.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Secret . mysterious . magical . true beauty and power in vampyre form—not tainted by human rules or law.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Hunger made viands once repugnant, now acceptable; he held the plate in his hand for an hour at a time, and gazed thoughtfully at the morsel of bad meat, of tainted fish, of black and mouldy bread.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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