distain
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English disteynen, from Anglo-French desteindre to take away the color of, from de- + teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to wet, dye — more at tinge Date: 14th century 1. archaic stain 2. archaic dishonor

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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

  • distain — [di stān′] vt. [ME disteinen < OFr desteindre < L dis + tingere, to wet, TINGE] Archaic 1. to discolor; stain 2. to stain the honor of; disgrace …   English World dictionary

  • distain — /di stayn /, v.t. Archaic. to discolor; stain; sully. [1350 1400; ME desteignen < AF, MF desteign , s. of desteindre, equiv. to des DIS 1 + teindre < L tingere to dye, TINGE] * * * …   Universalium

  • distain — verb To stain, discolour or tarnish …   Wiktionary

  • distain — v. a. (Poetical.) Stain …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • distain — dis·tain …   English syllables

  • distain — /dɪˈsteɪn/ (say di stayn) verb (t) Obsolete to discolour; stain; sully. {Middle English disteyne(n), from Old French desteindre, from des dis 1 + teindre wet, dye (from Latin tingere)} …   Australian English dictionary

  • distain — də̇ˈstān transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Middle English disteynen, from Middle French desteindre to take away the color of, from Old French, from des dis (I) + teindre to dye, color, from Latin tingere to wet, dye more at tinge 1.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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