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taint
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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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
  • Now, on the other side, take the Church's own view of crime: is it not bound to renounce the present almost pagan attitude, and to change from a mechanical cutting off of its tainted member for the preservation of society, as at present, into completely and honestly adopting the idea of the regeneration of the man, of his reformation and salvation?
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (51% in)
tainted = spoiled (having done things that are wrong)
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