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defile1

de·file1

defile1

 
 
pronunciation:
dih faIl
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: defiled, defiles, defiling
definition 1: to make unclean, foul, or filthy.
The food was defiled by rats.
synonyms:
befoul, foul, soil
antonyms:
cleanse
similar words:
begrime, contaminate, dirty, pollute, sully, taint
definition 2: to destroy the perfection or purity of.
Clusters of billboards defiled the landscape.
synonyms:
blemish, sully
antonyms:
purify
similar words:
debase, degrade, mar, profane, rot, spoil, taint, vitiate
definition 3: to dishonor or disgrace; sully.
Malicious rumors defiled his good name.
synonyms:
besmirch, blacken, dirty, disgrace, dishonor, foul, smirch, soil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish
similar words:
cloud, degrade, mar, profane
definition 4: to violate the sacredness of; desecrate.
The soldiers defiled and sacked the temple.
synonyms:
desecrate, profane, violate
antonyms:
sanctify
similar words:
abuse
definition 5: to violate the chastity of.
The invaders defiled the young village maidens.
synonyms:
deflower, violate
similar words:
assault, rape, ravish, rot
derivations: defiled (adj.), defilement (n.), defiler (n.)