defilement


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de·file 1

 (dĭ-fīl′)
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

 (dĭ-fīl′)
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.
n.
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:
Noun1.defilement - the state of being polluteddefilement - the state of being polluted    
dirtiness, uncleanness - the state of being unsanitary

defilement

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Translations

defilement

[dɪˈfaɪlmənt] N [of person, community] → corrupción f; [of sacred thing, memory] → profanación f; [of language] → corrupción f; [of woman] → deshonra f

defilement

nVerschmutzung f, → Verunreinigung f; (= desecration)Schändung f, → Entweihung f

defilement

[dɪˈfaɪlmənt] n (frm) → deturpazione f
References in classic literature ?
For this is our defilement, so the god Hath lately shown to me by oracles.
Therefore begrudging neither augury Nor other divination that is thine, O save thyself, thy country, and thy king, Save all from this defilement of blood shed.
I rose shaking the ashes from me, and went without the kraal to wash away their defilement. Then I returned, and sat outside the gates of the Emposeni, waiting till the king's women, whom he named his sisters, should come to draw water according to their custom.
The Hajji stood in the gate guarding his skirts from defilement. The Hajji said: 'I am here once again.
Its panels were delightfully irregular, its angles faultlessly faulty, its one modern defilement a strong lock to the lid.
No sound reaches one of all the roar and jar of humanity, the air is clear and sweet beyond the thought of defilement. No bird, no insect comes so high.
For hardly have we mortals by long toilings extracted from the world's vast bulk its small but valuable sperm; and then, with weary patience, cleansed ourselves from its defilements, and learned to live here in clean tabernacles of the soul; hardly is this done, when -- There she blows!
Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honoring us whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we are surrounded by all manner of defilements. Butchers we are, that is true.
In those pleasant little towns on Thames, you may hear the fall of the water over the weirs, or even, in still weather, the rustle of the rushes; and from the bridge you may see the young river, dimpled like a young child, playfully gliding away among the trees, unpolluted by the defilements that lie in wait for it on its course, and as yet out of hearing of the deep summons of the sea.
Police in Lamu have raised concerns over increased cases of child defilements and early pregnancies in Hindi and Kiunga in recent days.County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi noted that many cases of early pregnancies and child defilement are reported to his office, particularly from the two divisions since the beginning of the year.
'A group of residents, including fishermen, cornered the man in a room where they landed on him with kicks and blows over the defilement incident,' Abdullahi said.
A Magistrates' Court in Kano on Wednesday ordered the remand of a businessman, Balarabe Habibu, in prison over alleged defilement of a nine-year-old boy.