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Noun: defile  di'fI(-u)l
  1. A narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
    - gorge
Verb: defile  di'fI(-u)l
  1. Place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    "defile someone's reputation";
    - sully, corrupt, taint, cloud
  2. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    "The silver was defiled by the long exposure to the air";
    - tarnish, stain, maculate, sully
  3. Spoil Spot, stain, or pollute
    "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it";
    - foul, befoul, maculate
  4. Disregard the sacred character of a place or language
    "defile a cemetery";
    - desecrate, profane, outrage, violate

Derived forms: defiled, defiles, defiling

Type of: assail, assault, attack, attaint [archaic], blob, blot, deflower, disgrace, dishonor [US], dishonour [Brit, Cdn], fleck, impair, mar, mountain pass, notch, pass, pollute, set on, shame, spoil, spot, vitiate

Encyclopedia: Defile