What are some opposite words for contaminate?

Antonyms for contaminate
kənˈtæm əˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪtcon·tam·i·nate

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term contaminate.

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contaminate

    The hand may be defiled by a touch of pitch; swine that have been wallowing in the mud are befouled. Contaminate and infect refer to something evil that deeply pervades and permeates, as the human body or mind. Pollute is used chiefly of liquids; as, water polluted with sewage. Tainted meat is repulsive; infected meat contains germs of disease. A soiled garment may be cleansed by washing; a spoiled garment is beyond cleansing or repair. Bright metal is tarnished by exposure; a fair sheet is sullied by a dirty hand. In figurative use, defile may be used merely in the ceremonial sense; "they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled," John xviii, 28; contaminate refers to deep spiritual injury. Pollute has also a reference to sacrilege; as, to pollute a sanctuary, an altar, or an ordinance. The innocent are often contaminated by association with the wicked; the vicious are more and more corrupted by their own excesses. We speak of a vitiated taste or style; fraud vitiates a title or a contract.

    Antonyms:
    clean, cleanse, disinfect, hallow, purify, sanctify, wash

    Synonyms:
    befoul, corrupt, defile, infect, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, vitiate

    Preposition:
    The temple was defiled with blood; defiled by sacrilegious deeds.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contaminate

    Antonyms:
    purify, cleanse, lave, clarify, sanctify, chasten

    Synonyms:
    defile, taint, corrupt, sully, befoul, soil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pollute, foul, contaminateverb

    make impure

    "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

    Antonyms:
    decontaminate

    Synonyms:
    back up, maculate, choke off, befoul, clog, defile, pollute, foul, clog up, congest, choke

  2. contaminateverb

    make radioactive by adding radioactive material

    "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"

    Antonyms:
    decontaminate

    Synonyms:
    foul, pollute

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contaminateverb

    Synonyms:
    corrupt, pollute, defile, infect, taint, vitiate, sully, debase

How to use contaminate in a sentence?

  1. Greenlight Capital David Einhorn:

    We object to oil fracking because their investments can contaminate portfolio returns.

  2. Cyril Connolly:

    There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.

  3. Education Naftali Bennett:

    We will maintain a clean education system, we will not allow anyone to contaminate our children.

  4. Baland Jalal:

    Exposure therapy can be very stressful and so is not always effective or even feasible for many patients, if you can provide an indirect treatment that's reasonably realistic, where you contaminate a rubber hand instead of a real hand, this might provide a bridge that will allow more people to tolerate exposure therapy or even replace (it) altogether.

  5. Siddharth Sridhar:

    What we know is the rats in Hong Kong carry the virus, and we test the humans and find the virus. But how exactly it jumps between them -- whether the rats contaminate our food, or there's another animal involved, we don't know, that's the missing link.

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#5204wash
#10047clarify
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#36357purify
#48868contaminate
#65827disinfect
#70462sanctify
#79573lave
#82104hallow
#111914decontaminate
#246567chasten

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