be tainted by (something)

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be tainted by (something)

1. To be expose something to or contaminate something with some substance or agent that is infectious, toxic, or otherwise dangerous or unpleasant. Officials have confirmed that the water supply has been tainted by lead. They have been forced to recall nearly 3 million tons of canned tomatoes that may have been tainted by botulin.
2. To be spoiled, ruined, or degraded by the presence or introduction of something terrible, tragic, or deeply unpleasant. Their victory has been tainted by the many lives lost in the battle. It's a shame seeing such an incredible career being tainted by this scandalous behavior.
See also: by, taint
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Lib Dem AM Peter Black yesterday wrote on his blog: "As a politician myself I am horrified that my reputation is being tainted by this unacceptable behaviour.
What collectivists sometimes identify as moral responsibility for the harms that take place in the world are often more properly identified as instances of being tainted by the wrongdoing of others.
If he were to maintain his current, weak commitment to registering voters--which stems from his Republicrat fear of being tainted by identification with poor people and blacks--the effect would be to skew the electorate in Buchanan's favor.