- To stain; to tinge with an adventitious colour.
Nor ceas'd his arrows, 'till the shady plain
Sev'n mighty bodies with their blood distain. Dryd. Virg.
Place on their heads that crown distain'd with gore,
Which those dire hands from my slain father tore. Pope.
- To blot; to sully with infamy.
That lady whom I had to me assign'd,
Had both distain'd her honourable blood,
And eke the faith which she to me did bind. Fairy Queen.
The worthiness of praise distains his worth,
If he that's prais'd, himself bring the praise forth. Shakesp.
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