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Adjective: defiled  di'fI(-u)ld
  1. Morally blemished; stained or impure
    - maculate [literary]
Verb: defile  di'fI(-u)l
  1. Spoil, spot, stain, or pollute
    "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it";
    - foul, befoul, maculate [literary]
  2. Disregard the sacred character of a place or language
    "defile a cemetery";
    - desecrate, profane, outrage, violate
  3. (of someone's image or good reputation) damage, place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    "defile someone's reputation";
    - sully, corrupt, taint, cloud, tarnish, soil, stain
  4. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air
    "The silver was defiled by the long exposure to the air";
    - tarnish, stain, maculate [literary], sully, soil

See also: impure

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

Encyclopedia: Defiled