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tr.v. vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing, vi·ti·ates
1. To reduce the value or quality of; impair or spoil: "His famous compilation of norms was vitiated by a major sampling error" (Frederick Crews).
2. To corrupt morally; debase: "My anxieties ... still are great lest the numerous ... snares of vice should vitiate your early habits of virtue" (Abigail Adams). See Synonyms at corrupt.
3. To make ineffective (a contract or legal stipulation, for example); invalidate.
[Latin vitiāre, vitiāt-, from vitium, fault.]
vi′ti·a·ble (vĭsh′ē-ə-bəl) adj.
1. to make faulty or imperfect
2. to debase, pervert, or corrupt
3. (Law) to destroy the force or legal effect of (a deed, etc): to vitiate a contract.
[C16: from Latin vitiāre to injure, from vitium a fault]
v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.
4. to make legally invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.
[1525–35; < Latin vitiātus, past participle of vitiāre to spoil, derivative of vitium blemish, vice1]
vitiate- "To make imperfect; spoil."
See also related terms for spoil.
Past participle: vitiated
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|Verb||1.||vitiate - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
infect - corrupt with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"
lead astray, lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
poison - spoil as if by poison; "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"
|2.||vitiate - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"|
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
defile, sully, taint, corrupt, cloud - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
|3.||vitiate - take away the legal force of or render ineffective; "invalidate a contract"|
1. spoil, mar, undermine, impair, injure, harm, devalue, water down, blemish, invalidate electoral abuses which could vitiate the entire voting process
1. To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
2. To ruin utterly in character or quality:
vitiate[ˈvɪʃieɪt] vt → vicier
vitiate[ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt] vt (frm) (all senses) → viziare
v. viciar; infectar.