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1‘her clothing was stained with blood’
discolour, blemish, soil, mark, muddy, spot, spatter, splatter, smear, splash, smudge, blotch, blacken
dirty, get dirty, make dirty, get filthy, make filthy, sully, spoil, defile, pollute, contaminate, foul, befoul, grime, begrime
2‘the awful events would unfairly stain the city's reputation’
damage, injure, harm, sully, soil, blacken, tarnish, taint, besmirch, blemish, defile, blot, smear, bring discredit to, dishonour, drag through the mud
3‘wood can always be stained to a darker shade’
colour, tint, dye, tinge, shade, pigment
varnish, paint, colour-wash
1‘there were mud stains on my shoes’
mark, spot, spatter, splatter, blotch, blemish, smudge, smear
2‘he has been discharged without a stain on his character’
blemish, injury, taint, blot, blot on one's escutcheon, slur, smear, discredit, dishonour, stigma
3‘an exterior type of wood stain’
tint, colour, dye, tinge, shade, pigment, colourant
varnish, paint, colour wash
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