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taint
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 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
  • She stood taking deep breaths of the salt, fish-tainted air, and looked about for someone to share her excitement.
    p. 5.8
  • The magistrate accepted the copybook reluctantly, as though it were tainted.
    p. 214.3

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