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taint
used in Henry VIII

4 uses
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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
  • Well, the voice goes, madam: For after the stout Earl Northumberland Arrested him at York, and brought him forward, As a man sorely tainted, to his answer, He fell sick suddenly, and grew so ill He could not sit his mule.
    4.2 — Act 4 Scene 2 — Kimbolton (9% in)

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  • Many more there are; Which, since they are of you, and odious, I will not taint my mouth with.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Ante-chamber to the King's apartment (73% in)
  • We come not by the way of accusation To taint that honour every good tongue blesses, Nor to betray you any way to sorrow; You have too much, good lady; but to know How you stand minded in the weighty difference Between the King and you; and to deliver, Like free and honest men, our just opinions And comforts to your cause.
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — London. The Queen's apartments (30% in)
  • Commotions, uproars, with a general taint Of the whole state; as, of late days, our neighbours, The upper Germany, can dearly witness, Yet freshly pitied in our memories.
    5.3 — Act 5 Scene 3 — The council-chamber (20% in)

There are no more uses of "taint" in Henry VIII.

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