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Stain (verb)

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To Stain. v.a. [ystaenio, Welsh, from ys and taenu.
        Rhag Gwyar or Gnawd,
    Afar ystaenawd.
Taliessyn, an old British poet.]

  1. To blot; to spot; to maculate.

                Lend me a looking-glass;
    If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
    Why then she lives.
    Shakespeare's King Lear.

            From the gash a stream
    His armour stain'd, ere while so bright.
    Milton.

    Embrace again, my sons: be foes no more,
    Nor stain your country with your children's gore.
    Dryden.

  2. To disgrace; to spot with guilt or infamy.

    Of honour void, of innocence, of faith, of purity,
    Our wonted ornaments now soil'd and stain'd.
    Milton.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Taliesin (1)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Stain (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3777.


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