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1. Soiling or the condition of being soiled.
2. A blot, stain, or smudge.


1. the act of soiling or the state of being soiled
2. a stain or blot
[C13: from Old French soilleure, from soillier to soil2]


(ˈsɔɪl yər)

a soiling or stain.
[1250–1300; < Old French soilleure, derivative of soill(ier) (see soil2)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soilure - the act of soiling something
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
spotting, staining, maculation - the act of spotting or staining something
contamination, pollution - the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors
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But the whole sketch is set in scare quotes: "Passion is here a soilure of the wits, / We're told" (emphasis mine).
Far from being "a thing of no moment," like Zack Edmonds's wife, Mannie was what gave the cabin's objects their "moment," their warmth, and in the hopelessness of his grief, Rider allows the fire in their hearth to fail and die--falling to "a dry, light soilure of dead ashes" (105).
Birkin's nude gamboling amid the splendor in the Wordsworthian grass enacts a peremptory ritual of purgation; immersion in nature is his means of shedding the soilure of self-conscious sexuality and lethal artificiality embodied by Hermione and her precious paperweight.