distain (v.) Old form(s): distaine , distaines
dishonour, defile, corrupt
E3 II.i.392[Warwick to Countess] The King that would distain thee will advance thee
Luc.786[Lucrece to herself, of Tarquin and the moon] The silver-shining queen he would distain
R3 V.iii.323[King Richard to his army, of the enemy] You having lands, and ... beauteous wives, / They would distrain the one, distain the other
TC I.iii.241[Aeneas to Agamemnon] The worthiness of praise distains his worth / If that he praised himself bring the praise forth
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