tainture
Noun

tainture (plural taintures)

  1. (obsolete) Dirtiness; uncleanliness; contamination, tainting.
    • circa 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act II, Scene 1,
      Gloucester, see here the tainture of thy nest,
      And look thyself be faultless, thou wert best.
    • 1637, Joseph Hall (bishop), The Remedy of Prophanenesse, or, Of the True Sight and Feare of the Almighty, London: Nathanael Butter, Book 1, Section 11, p. 83,
      But, woe is me, other creatures are fraile too, none but man is sinfull; our soule is not more excellent, than this tainture of it, is odious, and deadly […]
    • circa 1647 John Fletcher (playwright), The Humorous Lieutenant, London: H.N., 1697, Act III, Scene 6, p. 37,
      Dem[etrius]. Now Princes, your demands?
      Sel[eucus]. Peace, if it may be
      Without the too much tainture of our honour:



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