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tr.v. con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing, con·tam·i·nates
1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
3. Linguistics To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with: The Middle English word femelle was contaminated by the word male, resulting in the modern form female.
n. (-nĭt)
One that contaminates; a contaminant.

[Middle English contaminaten, from Latin contāmināre, contāmināt-; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tam′i·na′tive adj.
con·tam′i·na′tor n.
Synonyms: contaminate, befoul, foul, poison, pollute, taint
These verbs mean to make dirty or impure: Pesticides contaminated the lake. Mud befouled his shoes. Noxious fumes foul the air. Farm runoff poisoned the fish. Exhaust polluted the air. Improper storage tainted the food.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contaminative - making impure by contact or mixing
infected, septic - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"


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Goffman explains how a person's self is mortified in total institutions by processes such as role dispossession; programming and identity trimming; dispossession of property, name and "identity kit"; imposition of degrading postures, stances and deference patterns; contaminative exposure; disruption of the usual relation of individual actor and his acts; and restrictions on self-determination, autonomy and freedom of action.