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used in Rose Red

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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
  • filled with tainted fish, the stomach is already informed but has not yet signaled the brain to retch.
    2 — 1907 (36% in)
tainted = contaminated or spoiled
  • The air is no longer tainted with liquor and cigar, but with our commingled scents-dark and somewhat sour.
    2 — 1907 (76% in)

There are no more uses of "taint" in Rose Red.

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