contamination

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contamination

A condition of impurity resulting from mixture with a foreign substance.

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I am sorry because I believe there is contamination in such a scoundrel.
I speak,' she said, not deigning to take any heed of this appeal, and drawing away her dress from the contamination of Emily's touch,
and she was honestly anxious to preserve her little daughter from the contamination of further intimacy with such a child.
He believes that nothing would have induced any boy in the school, himself included, to have gone close to the Englishman; so deeply had they been impressed with an idea of the heresy, contamination, and evil to be derived from contact with such a person.
Didn't he suffer contamination from the indolence of Captain Anthony, I inquired.
But with the judge it is otherwise; since he governs mind by mind; he ought not therefore to have been trained among vicious minds, and to have associated with them from youth upwards, and to have gone through the whole calendar of crime, only in order that he may quickly infer the crimes of others as he might their bodily diseases from his own self-consciousness; the honourable mind which is to form a healthy judgment should have had no experience or contamination of evil habits when young.
It seemed to me that a stronger breeze would have blown away the contamination which clung to the ship.