Reputation vs Stain - What's the difference?

reputation | stain |

As nouns the difference between reputation and stain

is that reputation is what somebody is known for while stain is a discoloured spot or area.

As a verb stain is

to discolour something.



(en noun)
  • What somebody is known for.
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    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "reputation": good, great, excellent, bad, stellar, tarnished, evil, damaged, dubious, spotless, terrible, ruined, horrible, lost, literary, corporate, global, personal, academic, scientific, posthumous, moral, artistic.


    * name

    Derived terms

    * reputational



    (wikipedia stain)


    (en noun)
  • A discoloured spot or area.
  • A blemish on one's character or reputation.
  • A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.
  • A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.
  • Derived terms

    * (l) * Giemsa stain * Leishman stain * Romanowsky stain * Wright-Giemse stain * Wright's stain


    (en verb)
  • To discolour something
  • to stain the hand with dye
    armour stained with blood
  • To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
  • * Milton
  • Of honour void, / Of innocence, of faith, of purity, / Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained .
  • To coat a surface with a stain
  • to stain wood with acids, coloured washes, paint rubbed in, etc.
    the stained glass used for church windows
  • To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
  • To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • She stains the ripest virgins of her age.
  • * Spenser
  • that did all other beasts in beauty stain


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