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tr.v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot, blemish, or pollute.
1. Spotted, blotched, or stained.
2. Morally sullied or impure.
[Middle English maculaten, from Latin maculāre, maculāt-, from macula, spot.]
(tr) to spot, stain, or pollute
spotted or polluted
[C15: from Latin maculāre to stain]
mac•u•late(ˈmæk yə lɪt)
1. spotted; stained.
2. defiled; impure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus, past participle of maculāre to spot, stain]
Past participle: maculated
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|Verb||1.||maculate - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"|
darken - tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
|2.||maculate - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"|
|Adj.||1.||maculate - morally blemished; stained or impure|
impure - (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene; "impure thoughts"
|2.||maculate - spotted or blotched|
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
a. macular, rel. a una mácula.