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Stain, subst. 1) any spot different from the colour of the ground: “the s. upon his silver down will stay,” Lucr. 1012. “scarce blood enough to give each curtleaxe a s.” H5 IV, 2, 21. “upon thy cheek the s. doth sit of an old tear,” Rom. II, 3, 75. “press for tinctures, --s,” Caes. II, 2, 89. == a natural mole: “full of unpleasing blots and sightless --s,” John III, 1, 45. “you do remember this s. upon her,” Cymb. II, 4, 139.
2) tincture, tinge: “you have some s. of soldier in you,” All's I, 1, 122. “there is no man hath a virtue that he hath not a glimpse of, nor any man an attaint but he carries some s. of it,” Troil. I, 2, 26.
3) a taint of disgrace: Lucr. 1701. Lucr. 1701 Sonn. 109, 8. Meas. III, 1, 208 “(do no s. to your person).” Wint. II, 2, 19. John II, 114. H4A III, 1, 187. H6A IV, 5, 42. R3 III, 7, 234. Cor. I, 10, 18 “(suffering s. by him).” Tim. V, 1, 176 “(giving our virgins to the s. . . . of beastly war).” Cymb. II, 4, 140. “s. to all nymphs,” Ven. 9 (by eclipsing them). “s. to thy countrymen,” H6A IV, 1, 45.
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