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tr.v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot, blemish, or pollute.
adj. (-lĭt)
1. Spotted, blotched, or stained.
2. Morally sullied or impure.

[Middle English maculaten, from Latin maculāre, maculāt-, from macula, spot.]
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(tr) to spot, stain, or pollute
spotted or polluted
[C15: from Latin maculāre to stain]
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(ˈmæk yə lɪt)

1. spotted; stained.
2. defiled; impure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus, past participle of maculāre to spot, stain]
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Past participle: maculated
Gerund: maculating

I maculate
you maculate
he/she/it maculates
we maculate
you maculate
they maculate
I maculated
you maculated
he/she/it maculated
we maculated
you maculated
they maculated
Present Continuous
I am maculating
you are maculating
he/she/it is maculating
we are maculating
you are maculating
they are maculating
Present Perfect
I have maculated
you have maculated
he/she/it has maculated
we have maculated
you have maculated
they have maculated
Past Continuous
I was maculating
you were maculating
he/she/it was maculating
we were maculating
you were maculating
they were maculating
Past Perfect
I had maculated
you had maculated
he/she/it had maculated
we had maculated
you had maculated
they had maculated
I will maculate
you will maculate
he/she/it will maculate
we will maculate
you will maculate
they will maculate
Future Perfect
I will have maculated
you will have maculated
he/she/it will have maculated
we will have maculated
you will have maculated
they will have maculated
Future Continuous
I will be maculating
you will be maculating
he/she/it will be maculating
we will be maculating
you will be maculating
they will be maculating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been maculating
you have been maculating
he/she/it has been maculating
we have been maculating
you have been maculating
they have been maculating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been maculating
you will have been maculating
he/she/it will have been maculating
we will have been maculating
you will have been maculating
they will have been maculating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been maculating
you had been maculating
he/she/it had been maculating
we had been maculating
you had been maculating
they had been maculating
I would maculate
you would maculate
he/she/it would maculate
we would maculate
you would maculate
they would maculate
Past Conditional
I would have maculated
you would have maculated
he/she/it would have maculated
we would have maculated
you would have maculated
they would have maculated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
blob, fleck, blot, spot - make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
darken - tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
2.maculate - spot, stain, or pollutemaculate - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
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"
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, maculate
a. macular, rel. a una mácula.
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Defiling the trunks of the trees were broad maculations of crimson, and blood dripped like dew from their foliage.
Color black, except ventral surfaces of F3-F10 and outer surfaces of pro- and mesotibiae basally with yellow maculations, and apical margins of T1-T5 and S2-S5 semi-translucent (Figs.
Left valve (upper) with many rows of narrow, needle-like spines; right valve with large lamellar ruffles and sharp spines; right valve attachment area from small to very large; exterior color dusty rose to orange, some small specimens with maculations of yellow or orange on right valve; interior marginal band matching exterior color; hinge with pale brown color; left valve with teeth parallel to hinge line; small specimens with bifid teeth in right valve; adductor muscle scar shallow, with slight ventral callus; interior margin with numerous fine crenulations and length upto 130 mm.
Slender, compressed, rather long-legged, pale with distinctive pair of longitudinal dark brown to black stripes on face and several maculations on thorax and abdomen.
The smaller size, brownish color with white maculations distinguish this from O.
semilugubris (below) although equally small, generally has blackish maculations and develops denticles inside the outer lip when mature.
Ranatra schuhi is also notable among Nepidae in general for its striking color pattern on the hemelytra, consisting of a red ground color overlain with yellow maculations and flecking, and with the veins creamy white with black dashes.
Vestiture: With recumbent white, golden, brown, and black hairs as follows; postocular lobe with short white setae; postocular patch of dense white or golden hairs; remainder of head with moderately dense white or intermixed white or golden hairs; pronotum variegated with irregular maculations of white, golden and dark hairs, median basal lobe with dense white pubescence (Fig.
Perigynia (3.5-)4-5.2 mm long, 1.4-1.9 mm wide, elliptic to broadly elliptical, abaxially and adaxially appressed hispid distally and smooth (or nearly so) proximally, the margins ciliate-scabrous above the middle, stramineous but often with brown maculations or brownish, 2 prominent veins and the others obscure or weak proximally on both faces, gradually tapered to a puckered base (when dry); perigynium beak 0.4-0.8 mm long, smooth or appressed hispid proximally, the margins smooth distally and ciliate-scabrous proximally, orifice entire or slightly erose.
We must therefore begin with the premise that the literal surface of the canonical Pentateuch is marred by contradictions, lacunae, and various other maculations whose provenance appears more human than divine.
Apart from Antarctica and from Australia where only one species is known, anthidiine bees are distributed over all continents, each containing many genera and species (Michener and Griswold 1994), The nonparasitic members of this tribe are characterized by yellow, red, or white maculations on head, thorax, and abdomen ("metasoma").