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  • 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.   (source)
    tainted = contaminated (having traces of)
  • When Vrael fell, this area was tainted.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • Rather than washing away some taint, the rain cleanses her of illusions and the false ideal of beauty.   (source)
    taint = contamination
  • 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.   (source)
    taint = spoil or contaminate
  • In the world's terms, though, all of us were tainted.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled (so as to be undesirable)
  • If there wasn't death, all the other things wouldn't get tainted.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • 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.   (source)
    taint = spoil
  • The stench of refuse taints the air.   (source)
    taints = spoils (so it is not as desirable)
  • Perhaps he had eaten some tainted fish.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • The taint of failure had stayed with her a long, long time.   (source)
    taint = spoiling effect or trace of contamination
  • I inhaled eagerly, but even outdoors at the School the air was tainted and foul.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • Had she fed him tainted refuse, he thought, had she mixed poison into his food, it would have been more kind and less fatal.   (source)
  • The soldiers lined up at the water casks and drank deeply of the warm and tainted water that would not have tasted better had it been from a numbing alpine spring.   (source)
  • The taint and turmoil of cities were gone from me.   (source)
    taint = contamination
  • How sweet it was to breathe the fresh air, that had no taint of death and decay.   (source)
    taint = trace of contamination
  • Now, on the other side, take the Church's own view of crime: is it not bound to renounce the present almost pagan attitude, and to change from a mechanical cutting off of its tainted member for the preservation of society, as at present, into completely and honestly adopting the idea of the regeneration of the man, of his reformation and salvation?   (source)
    tainted = spoiled (having done things that are wrong)
  • Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect, that the world was only the darker for this woman's beauty, and the more lost for the infant that she had borne.   (source)
    taint = contamination
  • Heart-weary and soul-withered, you come home after years of voluntary banishment: you make a new acquaintance — how or where no matter: you find in this stranger much of the good and bright qualities which you have sought for twenty years, and never before encountered; and they are all fresh, healthy, without soil and without taint.   (source)
    taint = anything that spoils them
  • I had pretended with myself that there was nothing of this taint in the arrangement; but when I went up to my little room on this last night, I felt compelled to admit that it might be so, and had an impulse upon me to go down again and entreat Joe to walk with me in the morning.   (source)
    taint = spoiling effect
  • He was a shopkeeper in whom there was some taint of the monster.   (source)
    taint = trace of contamination
  • There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • 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.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled (so it is not as good)
  • My mother has baked and I have eaten; why should I come to such as you for food that is tainted and rotten?   (source)
    tainted = spoiled or contaminated
  • He managed to salvage his position, and to scramble back into favour — well, he wasn't the only one with dirty hands, so it was best for the others not to point their own tainted fingers at him — and soon his factories were blasting away, full steam ahead for the war effort, and no one was more patriotic than he.†   (source)
  • His memories of home have been tainted by his memories of the war.†   (source)
  • And last but not least, Blumenthal & Sons needed a new name—one that wasn't "tainted" by Jewishness.†   (source)
  • It can be tainted by power plays, jealousy, resentment, vindictiveness, and even abuse.†   (source)
  • So, under the gaze of a thousand meerkats, I soaked, allowing fresh water to dissolve every salt crystal that had tainted me.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If you believe, as I do, that their positions, their stated characters, so taint their testimony that everything they say is well within the area of reasonable doubt, then you have no choice but to find Mr. King not guilty.†   (source)
  • What's more, it taints all the evidence in the room!†   (source)
  • The whole situation had taken on a bizarre taint, too casual and run-of-the-mill for the seriousness of what was going on.†   (source)
  • Mr. White's next decision was to replace our school attorney—a local lawyer—with an attorney-friend from Lake Forest, the former head of a law firm that had successfully fought off a food-poisoning suit against one of the big Chicago meat companies; tainted meat had made a lot of people sick, but the Lake Forest attorney steered the blame away from the meat company, and the packager, and rested the fault upon a company of refrigeration trucks.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Nothing tainted these white warriors of winter as they swooped down their spotless mountainsides, and this cool, clean response to war glided straight into Leper's Vermont heart.†   (source)
  • But even that fantasy is tainted.†   (source)
  • Cecilia's enthusiasm, for example, seemed a little overstated, tainted with condescension perhaps, and intrusive too; her big sister wanted each bound story catalogued and placed on the library shelves, between Rabindranath Tagore and Quintus Tertullian.†   (source)
  • We had not only lost our childhood in the war but our lives had been tainted by the same experiences that still caused us great pain and sadness.†   (source)
  • No foster parent will adopt a child whose past has been tainted by the disease.†   (source)
  • She stood taking deep breaths of the salt, fish-tainted air, and looked about for someone to share her excitement.†   (source)
  • Just a taint on the faint breeze that had come up.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Sometimes the relief was tainted by despair, like my decision to come to Forks.†   (source)
  • Their tasteless tooth will tear and taint The poet, patriot, sage or saint, Nor sparing wit nor learning.†   (source)
  • For a long time, I observed the beatings as if I were outside of everything, as if a moth of tainted wings floating over the steamed sidewalk.†   (source)
  • The smell of the fire still lingered, tainted with the smell of filth and decay.†   (source)
  • When the milk in Oregon is tainted by the radiation eruption of a Soviet nuclear reactor, we are forced to see our interdependence.†   (source)
  • Aren't you afraid that by dealing with anything as incredibly cool as a Kourier you will be tainted in their eyes?†   (source)
  • My throat is closed, I feel as though I'm going to taint, and then the light comes on upstairs.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I could feel the poison move through my bloodstream like thick, tainted honey.†   (source)
  • An outbreak of smallpox or cholera or any of the other lethal infections that roamed the city could irreparably taint the exposition and destroy any hopes the directors had of achieving the record attendance necessary to generate a profit.†   (source)
  • On March 24th the Camera named the probable culprit as 'tainted formula'.†   (source)
  • The hatred that she noticed one night in Memes words did not upset her because it was directed at her, but she felt the repetition of another adolescence that seemed as clean as hers must have seemed and that, however, was already tainted with rancor.†   (source)
  • Her father's tainted money had bought the car, too, and bought Mr. Corrigan's services.†   (source)
  • You would have my mother rule my heavens, you would send all sinners to her for forgiveness, but you would also have her taint her hands with the blood of vengeance— Vengeance is Mine!†   (source)
  • Vanguard was the United States's International Geophysical Year satellite program, and von Braun, since he worked for the Army, was somehow too tainted by that association to make the first American try for orbit.†   (source)
  • Tainted.†   (source)
  • He would be wearing his space suit while holding Ebola in his gloved hand, holding some kind of liquid tainted with Ebola.†   (source)
  • I'm a tainted juror on this one, sorry.†   (source)
  • Again and again, efforts to prevent the sale of tainted ground beef have been thwarted by meat industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress.†   (source)
  • Instead, I felt complicated and dirty and tainted.†   (source)
  • I don't mind that his blood has been tainted by Imprint.†   (source)
  • However, he carried the stigma of two divorces and would always be tainted as a true Christian.†   (source)
  • But it cannot be tainted, you see.†   (source)
  • I inhale his masculine scent: Brut, tainted slightly by a tinge of ice.†   (source)
  • There's so much that can taint the young and impressionable.†   (source)
  • Your blood would have tainted his.†   (source)
  • She put it to her lips and discovered it was blood-tainted water and threw it to the floor.†   (source)
  • Everything was tainted.†   (source)
  • Even in death, he selflessly and publicly risked tainting his own legacy so that others might be inspired to seek faith and overcome their own struggles.†   (source)
  • They remove themselves from any taint of the big middle.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And this dead one was really unknown, even though his belongings still lay in a tumble on the cot in Yossarian's tent almost exactly as he had left them three months earlier the day he never arrived — all contaminated with death less than two hours later, in the same way that all was contaminated with death in the very next week during the Great Big Siege of Bologna when the moldy odor of mortality hung wet in the air with the sulphurous fog and every man scheduled to fly was already tainted.†   (source)
  • It kind of stinks because now the only good memories I have are tainted.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • But tainting their precious time together was the matter of Henry, and the gnawing feeling that Vlad was somehow responsible for his cloudy mood.†   (source)
  • Knowing how greatly it would amuse Abigail, he described how the man had launched into a harangue on the state of national politics, declaring that the trouble with John Adams was that "he had been long in Europe and got tainted."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He had tried to hate her, to see her as a tainted thing.†   (source)
  • Did I think her touch would taint me?†   (source)
  • You will heroically disappear so I won't be tainted.†   (source)
  • You say, 'You have tainted my house with sick medicine and must remove the curse with sweetness.'†   (source)
  • IYALOJA [with sudden anger] I warned you, if you must leave a seed behind, be sure it is not tainted with the curses of the world.†   (source)
  • It's tainted.†   (source)
  • Too many places he has been seem tainted with that anxious atmosphere of unreality; a one-sidedness of conception.†   (source)
  • We're all tainted.†   (source)
  • It was also hoped that the mission would be the first step in a counteroffensive aimed at the efforts of the American Missionary Society, which the abolitionists saw as a tainted organization because they were associated with the American Colonization Society, a group which worked to send freed American blacks back to Africa.†   (source)
  • october — tainted love — thursday october 1st 4:30 p.m.†   (source)
  • Strict churchgoers refused to touch them for fear they might be tainted; other people preferred to believe that they were the kind of spices referred to in the Bible.†   (source)
  • Although the people detected changes in the ceremonies Descheeny performed, they tolerated them because of his acknowledged power to aid victims tainted by Christianity or liquor.†   (source)
  • Like tainting their memories?†   (source)
  • It is less likely that faction will taint the national Senate.†   (source)
  • It suggested she had come through her interrogation with no taint of suspicion.†   (source)
  • I am—well, I'm tainted.†   (source)
  • He had been so used to it all summer that he hadn't noticed, but now it seemed to taint the air.†   (source)
  • Most white Americans denied any taint of racism and really believed that in this land we judged every man by his qualities as a human individual.†   (source)
  • My survival would no more be assured through funds tainted with guilt across the span of a century.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • Before the fish were tainted, there would be a meeting of minds.†   (source)
  • Perhaps my blood was tainted, despite my power over the Pattern.†   (source)
  • Our kindness has been tainted with masochism since the world began, and it is not to our best interest to forget it.†   (source)
  • But there was a difference this time: the purity of the student body was forever tainted.†   (source)
  • And money that comes from a tainted source is a degradation.   (source)
    tainted = bad (so it is not desirable)
  • The atmosphere seemed tainted with the smell of coffins.   (source)
    tainted = contaminated or spoiled
  • He taints the whole house, as I remember it.   (source)
    taints = contaminates or spoils (so it is less desirable)
  • In the corner by the fireplace lay the fragments of half a dozen smashed bottles, and a pungent twang of chlorine tainted the air.   (source)
    tainted = contaminated or spoiled
  • There was almost a taint of madness.   (source)
    taint = contamination (spoiling things)
  • They have injured the finest mind; for sometimes, Fanny, I own to you, it does appear more than manner: it appears as if the mind itself was tainted.   (source)
    tainted = spoiled
  • A prison taint was on everything there.   (source)
    taint = contamination (making it undesirable)
  • In the little chaos of Pearl's character there might be seen emerging and could have been from the very first—the steadfast principles of an unflinching courage—an uncontrollable will—sturdy pride, which might be disciplined into self-respect—and a bitter scorn of many things which, when examined, might be found to have the taint of falsehood in them.   (source)
    taint = contamination
  • Pan would not allow nature to become tainted.†   (source)
  • He wasn't dependable, he was a security risk, he had a taint.†   (source)
  • Our whole relationship has been tainted by the Games.†   (source)
  • You see, Jason, your blood spilled on this sacred ground will taint it for generations.†   (source)
  • The taint of insanity is in the blood, and cannot be removed with a little soft soap and flannel.†   (source)
  • This explains why a general taint is useful.†   (source)
  • Mudbloods, filth, stains of dishonor, taint of shame on the house of my fathers —†   (source)
  • The magistrate accepted the copybook reluctantly, as though it were tainted.†   (source)
  • The spectrum of light I saw still seemed tainted with crimson.†   (source)
  • She talked about spilling Jason's blood, how it would taint the place for generations.†   (source)
  • The fact that I was locked up taints everything.†   (source)
  • Storm's End is his by rights, since Lord Renly left no heir and Lord Stannis is at-tainted.†   (source)
  • His blood is tainted, that cannot be denied.†   (source)
  • Tainted blood is ever treacherous, and Ramsay's nature was sly, greedy, and cruel.†   (source)
  • I think of Kartik and turn that thought out of my mind before it can taint my mood.†   (source)
  • Ramsay, though ...his tainted blood would poison even leeches, I fear.†   (source)
  • Born Fairchild, but you cannot so easily erase the taint of Valentine from your past.†   (source)
  • The smell of brimstone tainted the air, and Eragon felt his eyes begin to water.†   (source)
  • You were lucky enough to be raised by Jocelyn and escape your father's taint.†   (source)
  • One does not like to entertain the notion of tainted blood.†   (source)
  • I go into the bathroom, open the window, so the smoke won't taint the living room air.†   (source)
  • For many years they valiantly battled to rid this plane of demon taint.†   (source)
  • Lab advises they cannot determine blood type from semen because it is too tainted with her blood.†   (source)
  • The man tainted the air with his ....his tetchiness.†   (source)
  • A king can remove the taint of bastardy with a stroke, Lord Snow.†   (source)
  • I hand Daddy the Oxy-tainted highball glass as Kaeleigh answers, I didn't mean to be late, Daddy.†   (source)
  • The room stank like pitch and fire, sulfur and the unmistakable taint of demon blood.†   (source)
  • This time, his pause is longer, heavy with the taint of a memory better forgotten.†   (source)
  • I understand you have a fine reputation, sir, and I'd hate to be the one to taint it.†   (source)
  • It's why I cleared your blood of the lake's taint.†   (source)
  • But Marcus smells blood, and his malevolence taints the air.†   (source)
  • "George Davis tainted that whole jury," roared Cotton.†   (source)
  • My rage spills out of me, tainting every move.†   (source)
  • The sky was stained and coloured; the clouds were thickened; the mountains took on an iron taint.†   (source)
  • Nonetheless, he was tainted by the event.†   (source)
  • You are tainted with the power of Set!†   (source)
  • This thing taints whoever owns it.†   (source)
  • Sure, the pack was rough on her, but she brought it all on herself with the bitterness that tainted her every thought and made being in her head a nightmare.†   (source)
  • A balcony ran around the room, for the spectators, and I thought I could smell, faintly like an afterimage, the pungent scent of sweat, shot through with the sweet taint of chewing gum and perfume from the watching girls, felt-skirted as I knew from pictures, later in miniskirts, then pants, then in one earring, spiky green-streaked hair.†   (source)
  • Some of our regular adversaries complained loud and long about how the inclusion of some of our pictures had tainted their precious yearbook.†   (source)
  • The visions they once had of themselves, as daughters, sisters, wives and mothers, workers, travelers, and lovers, will forever be tainted by what they've witnessed and endured.†   (source)
  • To kill even those whose proposed deaths are the reason for this killing may not seem just, but for the People of Joy it isn't guilt or innocence that determines such things, it's whether or not you've been tainted, and as far as the People of Joy are concerned everyone in a tainted city is as tainted as everyone else.†   (source)
  • If they do that ...why, then we shall know that there is no taint in your blood, and when you come into the flower of your womanhood, you shall wed the king in the Great Sept of Baelor, before the eyes of gods and men.†   (source)
  • "If there's anything to be learned from this," he said, "it's about the stink and taint of original sin.†   (source)
  • She'd be too intimidated, and probably embarrassed—my family is impure, tainted by Marcia's husband's defection and, of course, by my mother, and Mr. Doveney is the president and founder of the Portland chapter of the DFA, Deliria-Free America.†   (source)
  • When you return to your own world, you will be able to recognize people who have some taint of magical energy.†   (source)
  • You might find it interesting to read a history of Alagaesia that hasn't been tainted by Galbatorix's hand.†   (source)
  • The operator vaguely recognized the accent as that common to Swiss Guards-fluent Italian tainted by the Franco-Swiss influence.†   (source)
  • Everything we have is tainted!†   (source)
  • The astonishing, the bereft, bizarre, and homeless (for we could no longer live in a parsonage without a parson), tainted by darkest Africa and probably heathen, Orleanna and Adah, who have slunk back to town without their man, like a pair of rabid dalmations staggering home without their fire engine.†   (source)
  • "No," said Harry curtly, then, "let's keep looking," and he turned away, wishing he had not seen the stone: He did not want his excited trepidation tainted with resentment.†   (source)
  • Now that I had given the thirst my attention, it seemed to taint every other thought in my head, leaking into the more pleasant thoughts of running and Edward's lips and kissing and...scorching thirst.†   (source)
  • The Jane who'd stalked out of her father's house nine months ago would have sniffed and sneered and lectured him about tainted money and tainted clothes.†   (source)
  • ...That smell made my throat burn dryly, a faint echo of the venom burn, though the scent was tainted by the bite of chlorine and ammonia.†   (source)
  • But these words taint everything.†   (source)
  • But they're tainted, remember?†   (source)
  • "Safer for Renesmee," Edward continued, "if the choice to believe our story about her is not tainted by an association with werewolves."†   (source)
  • Secret ....mysterious ....magical ....true beauty and power in vampyre form—not tainted by human rules or law.†   (source)
  • Soldiering was in his blood ....Her unfinished thought drifted across the kitchen, a heavy stink, tainting the sweet summer air: Killing was in his blood.†   (source)
  • But it would be a tainted gift.†   (source)
  • They have allied themselves with Downworlders, the demon-tainted nonhuman who infest this world like fleas on the carcass of a rat.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And you feel a kind of demonry, chasing the players, trying to put your skelly-bone hand on them, to spread your taint, your curse.†   (source)
  • The intruders had pushed a few yards into the wood when he came upon them; a female and a young male, with no taint of fear to them, even when he showed them the white of his teeth.†   (source)
  • Undaunted, the traditional Christmas scene-stealers—carolers, coaches and horses, shepherds, angels, wise men, kings —do battle in the same windows, with the tainted goods that surround them.†   (source)
  • The air is no longer tainted with liquor and cigar, but with our commingled scents-dark and somewhat sour.†   (source)
  • I told him that it was hard if a man could not go to Europe without being tainted, that if Mr. Adams had been sent to Europe upon their business by the people, and had done it, and in doing it had necessarily got tainted, I thought the people ought to pay him for the damage the taint had done him.†   (source)
  • Ghostly laughter floated through the air with the tainted smoke of sweet grass, and the spirits began to converge again on Heath.†   (source)
  • She was the blood of the dragon, but Ser Barristan had warned her that in that blood there was a taint.†   (source)
  • Addressing Arya, Glaedr said, Separate your mind from ours, and do not allow Eragon's memories to taint your consciousness.†   (source)
  • According to the historian David Gerard Hogan, the hamburger was considered "a food for the poor," tainted and unsafe to eat.†   (source)
  • She looked nervous and uncertain, as if being in the same room with a suicide corpse might taint her.†   (source)
  • Wind, I call you to me and this time I ask that you blow clean any dark taint that has touched my mind:' I felt a gust of cold, like I was being battered by my own personal hurricane, but it wasn't pressing against my body.†   (source)
  • At any rate, it is less probable than that such views would taint the resolutions and conduct of a bare majority.†   (source)
  • If you pursue a course of action that does not taint your life by any joy, that brings you no value in matter, no value in spirit, no gain, no profit, no reward-if you achieve this state of total zero, you have achieved the ideal of moral perfection.†   (source)
  • This year, it seemed they looked more lumpy than muscled, more bullet-headed than bright, and oddly tainted.†   (source)
  • He would not eat anything that had been tainted with blood, and was left with less than a third of his rations.†   (source)
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