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taint
used in The War of the Worlds

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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
  • On the twelfth day my throat was so painful that, taking the chance of alarming the Martians, I attacked the creaking rain-water pump that stood by the sink, and got a couple of glassfuls of blackened and tainted rain water.
    2.5 — Book 2 Chapter 5 — The Stillness (19% in)

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  • It's a sort of disloyalty, after all, to live and taint the race.
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (66% in)

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