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taint 1

tr.v. taint·ed, taint·ing, taints
1. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible: a reputation that was tainted by allegations of illegal activity.
a. To expose to an infectious agent, toxin, or undesirable substance: drinking water that is tainted with parasites; toothpaste that is tainted with toxic metals.
b. To subject to decay or putrefaction: would not eat the meat for fear that it was tainted. See Synonyms at contaminate.
1. An undesirable or corrupting influence or association: wanted to avoid the taint of an accounting scandal. See Synonyms at stain.
2. An undesirable quality; a defect or shortcoming: "I confess to a taint of exhibitionism" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

[Partly from obsolete taynt, to color, dye (from Anglo-Norman teint, from past participle of teindre, from Latin tingere), and partly from Middle English tainten, to convict (short for atteinten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to attain, touch upon; see attain).]

taint′less adj.
taint′less·ly adv.

taint 2

n. Vulgar Slang
The perineum.

[From such phrases as 'tain't asshole and 'tain't pussy and 'tain't asshole and 'tain't balls.]
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Taintless and wonderful it seemed, like a street of pearl in the new Jerusalem.
His most recent collection, Taintless, featured intricately pleated and expertly tailored navy separates, worn by models whose skin was carefully tinted to a matching shade of indigo.
In the same way, in "The Bear" the difference between the primordial Old Ben and his taintless wilderness on one hand and the devastation of the forests by modern technology and the logging industry on the other is undermined by Faulkner's text when the bear is said to have "the ruthless and irresistible deliberation of a locomotive" (185), linking it thus to subsequent descriptions of the logging train which "had brought with it into the doomed wilderness even before the actual axe the shadow and portent of the new mill not even finished yet and the rails and ties which were not even laid" (306).