Distaining
Distain Dis*tain", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distaining}.] [OE. desteinen, OF. desteindre to take away the color, F. d['e]teindre; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. teindre to tinge, dye, L. tingere. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Stain}.] To tinge with a different color from the natural or proper one; to stain; to discolor; to sully; to tarnish; to defile; -- used chiefly in poetry. ``Distained with dirt and blood.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

[She] hath . . . distained her honorable blood. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The worthiness of praise distains his worth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Distain — Dis*tain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distaining}.] [OE. desteinen, OF. desteindre to take away the color, F. d[ e]teindre; pref. des (L. dis ) + F. teindre to tinge, dye, L. tingere. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Stain}.] To tinge …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Distained — Distain Dis*tain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distaining}.] [OE. desteinen, OF. desteindre to take away the color, F. d[ e]teindre; pref. des (L. dis ) + F. teindre to tinge, dye, L. tingere. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Stain}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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