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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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
vitiate- "To make imperfect; spoil."
See also related terms for spoil.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: vitiated
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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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"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
1. spoil, mar, undermine, impair, injure, harm, devalue, water down, blemish, invalidate electoral abuses which could vitiate the entire voting process
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
2. To ruin utterly in character or quality:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
vitiate[ˈvɪʃɪeɪt] VT (frm) (= weaken) → afectar negativamente; (= spoil) → estropear, arruinar; (= devalue) → quitar valor a (Jur) [+ contract, deed] → invalidar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
vitiate[ˈvɪʃieɪt] vt → vicier
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
vitiate[ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt] vt (frm) (all senses) → viziare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
v. viciar; infectar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012