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distain


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  [She]  hath  .  .  .  distained  her  honorable  blood. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  The  worthiness  of  praise  distains  his  worth.  --Shak.