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taint
used in Middlemarch

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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
  • I have been set down as tainted and should be cheapened to them all the same.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (7% in)

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  • They would find out that the blood in his veins was as free from the taint of meanness as theirs.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (75% in)
  • The subject of the chaplaincy came up at Mr. Vincy's table when Lydgate was dining there, and the family connection with Mr. Bulstrode did not, he observed, prevent some freedom of remark even on the part of the host himself, though his reasons against the proposed arrangement turned entirely on his objection to Mr. Tyke's sermons, which were all doctrine, and his preference for Mr. Farebrother, whose sermons were free from that taint.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (32% in)

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