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bestain

(bɪˈsteɪn)
vb (tr)
to stain
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bestain

verb
To soil with foreign matter:
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This sweat- bestained handkerchief terrified Philippe, as the gore of Abel frightened Cain.
/ This must I vse against my selfe: this blade that heeretofore / Hath bathed beene in Troiane bloud, must now his maister gore, / That none may Ajax ouercome saue Aiax."(57) Ovid tells how "Anon the ground bestained where he stood, / Did breed the pretie purple flowre vpon a clowre of greene, / Which of the wound of Hyacinth had erst ingendred beene." This moment of high tragedy is itself comically metamorphosed by Harington's farcical version: