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taint
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Definition
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
  • You must not put another scandal on him, That he is open to incontinency; That's not my meaning: but breathe his faults so quaintly That they may seem the taints of liberty; The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind; A savageness in unreclaimed blood, Of general assault.
    2.1 — Act 2 Scene 1 — A room in Polonius's house (28% in)

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  • But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught: leave her to heaven, And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.
    1.5 — Act 1 Scene 5 — A more remote part of the Castle (42% in)

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