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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defiled - morally blemished; stained or impure
impure - (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene; "impure thoughts"


2. desecrated, violated, contaminate d, abused, pollute d, profaned, dishonoured, despoiled, blasphemed Their place of worship is regularly defiled by vandals.
3. violated, abused, raped, assaulted, ravished, dishonoured, debauched There lay the victims' bodies, naked and defiled.
violated innocent, pure, chaste
References in classic literature ?
That was my ruin, for when I was in the mud I comforted myself with the thought that at other times I was a hero, and the hero was a cloak for the mud: for an ordinary man it was shameful to defile himself, but a hero was too lofty to be utterly defiled, and so he might defile himself.
Whilst Aylward had been speaking, a strong column of archers had defiled through the pass beneath them.
Stretched naked on a long table lay the body of Henry Armstrong, the head defiled with blood and clay from a blow with a spade.
AN Ikeja High Court on Monday heard how a 50-year-old man, Kelvin Ezeigbo allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl inside a tricycle popularly called Marwa and thereafter paid her with N100.
All of this immersion should have caused the trainees to forget their culture and God, but Daniel purposed in his heart not to be defiled by the temptations Babylon had to offer (Daniel 1:8).
Shanzu senior principal magistrate Diana Mochache said the 58-year-old man was framed for the offence as demonstrated by the evidence of prosecution witness who said he was never touched inappropriately or defiled.
Roba Guracha, 32, allegedly defiled the standard four pupil at Dirib Gombo on January 30.
Chair of the bench Mena Rego said: "You have defiled a very sacred memory.
Seidman (2013: 6-7) points out that the social world is symbolically divided into two orders, that is, "a symbolic-moral order conferring full personhood and a respected civil status and its antithesis, a defiled order," which identifies an Other to which those are denied.
We will do what Jews always did when non-Jews defiled the Holies of Israel.
Faith Defiled is the fourteenth book in the Gray Spear series
But there is no proof that it was a "copy of the Holy Quran" that Rimsha had "willfully" defiled