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de·file 1

tr.v. de·filed, de·fil·ing, de·files
1. To make filthy or dirty; pollute: defile a river with sewage.
2. To debase the pureness or excellence of; corrupt: a country landscape that was defiled by urban sprawl.
3. To profane or sully (a reputation, for example).
4. To make unclean or unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate: defile a temple.
5. To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).

[Middle English defilen, alteration (influenced by filen, to befoul, from Old English fȳlan; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots) of defoulen, to trample on, abuse, pollute, from Old French defouler, to trample, full cloth : de-, de- + fouler, to trample, beat down; see full2.]

de·file′ment n.
de·fil′er n.

de·file 2

intr.v. de·filed, de·fil·ing, de·files
To move in single file or in files or columns: The soldiers defiled from the fort, arms raised in surrender.
1. A narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement, as of troops.
2. A march in a line.

[French défiler : dé-, away, off (from Old French de-; see de-) + file, line, file (from Old French filer, to spin thread, march in line; see file1). N., from French défilé, from past participle of défiler.]
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Noun1.defiler - a person or organization that causes pollution of the environmentdefiler - a person or organization that causes pollution of the environment
bad person - a person who does harm to others
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We shall stop here tonight and tomorrow in the face of the Flaming God, La will offer up the heart of this defiler of the temple.
No longer should the defiler of the temple pollute the sight of the lord god almighty.
I believe that One who walks invisible in every house defended the honour of mine, and laid the defiler dead before the door of it.
I asked her presently--and was sorry next minute for the pain that shot across her face, but I just wanted to hint at what I designed not to reveal fully till later on, and thus to hint too that it was not as one of the number of her defilers that I had sought her.
Durant cette grand-messe du cinema international, de nombreuses celebrites vont defiler sur le tapis rouge du Palais des Congres.
Un potentiel evident s'exprime a travers cette palette, comme l'affirme le galeriste et animateur culturel Omar Benzine, lui-meme artiste ceramiste : [beaucoup moins que] A vrai dire, je vois defiler plusieurs artistes.
Creatures And Non-Player Characters, or "NPCs" - Affected creatures include those in the Shivering Trench area in Frostfire Ridge, Felwrought Annihilator, Mandragora, Mor the Dominator, Xanatos the Defiler, Thaelin Darkanvil and Grimfrost Lavaslingers.
He played Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit and will be making his second appearance at Salt Lake Comic Con this year.
C'est d'ailleurs ce nom qui est tout de suite mentionne suivi d'une adaptation du couplet de la chanson du conte qui permet de faire defiler tous les pretendants qui se presentent pour l'epouser et sont a chaque fois repousses.
On ne pourra pas accuser Gerard Bouchard de se defiler face a l'adversite.
Au fil des decennies, le Canada a vu defiler une panoplie de propositions (plus ou moins formelles) et d'etudes sur la question de la reforme du Senat.
En somme, cessez de vous defiler, faites votre travail et appliquez la loi telle qu'elle est ecrite.