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taint
used in Great Expectations

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to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
  • 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.
    Chapter 19 (88% in)
taint = spoiling effect
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  • I consumed the whole time in thinking how strange it was that I should be encompassed by all this taint of prison and crime; that, in my childhood out on our lonely marshes on a winter evening, I should have first encountered it; that, it should have reappeared on two occasions, starting out like a stain that was faded but not gone; that, it should in this new way pervade my fortune and advancement.
    Chapter 32 (91% in)

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