Nouns (2)

taint, contamination
n. the state of being contaminated

Verbs (5)

cloud, taint, corrupt, sully, defile
v. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"

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Fuzzynyms (37)

scratch
n. (golf) a handicap of zero strokes; "a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"
cytosmear, cytologic smear, smear
n. a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
discolouration, discoloration, stain
n. a soiled or discolored appearance; "the wine left a dark stain"
stigma
n. a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
ignominy, disgrace, shame
n. a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
foulness
n. disgusting wickedness and immorality; "he understood the foulness of sin"; "his display of foulness deserved severe punishment"; "mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"
putrescence, corruption, rottenness, putridness
n. in a state of progressive putrefaction
oxidate, oxidise, oxidize
v. add oxygen to or combine with oxygen
damage
v. suffer or be susceptible to damage; "These fine china cups damage easily"
discolor
v. cause to lose or change color; "The detergent discolored my shirts"
discolor
v. lose color or turn colorless; "The painting discolored"
stain
v. produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth"
doctor up, doctor, sophisticate
v. alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"
foul, pollute, contaminate
v. make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
blot, blob, fleck, spot
v. make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
mottle, blotch, streak
v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
streak
v. move quickly in a straight line; "The plane streaked across the sky"

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Antonyms (2)

pureness, purity
n. being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material

Research

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.[4][5] Named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Britain that would later take their name, England, both names ultimately deriving from the Anglia peninsula in the Baltic Sea. It is closely related to the Frisian languages, but its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse (a North Germanic language), as well as by Latin and French.[6]

English has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years. The earliest forms of English, a set of Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers in the 5th century, are called Old English. Middle English began in the late 11th century with the Norman conquest of England and was a period in which the language was influenced by French.[7] Early Modern English began in the late 15th century with the introduction of the printing press to London, the printing of the King James Bibleand the start of the Great Vowel Shift.[8]

Through the worldwide influence of the British Empire, Modern English spread around