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

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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.

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 2 votes

  1. contaminate

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

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

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pollute, foul, contaminateverb

    make impure

    "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

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

    Antonyms:
    decontaminate

  2. contaminateverb

    make radioactive by adding radioactive material

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

    Synonyms:
    foul, pollute

    Antonyms:
    decontaminate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. contaminateverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. contaminateverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "contaminate":

    pollute, infect

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How to use contaminate in a sentence?

  1. Christophe Nussbaum:

    What is new here is that, if one day we want to stock CO2 in Switzerland, which is a densely populated region, we need to make sure that the CO2 won't migrate into the surface and contaminate, for instance, drinking water sources. This is really one of the major stakes here.

  2. Education Naftali Bennett:

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

  3. Greenlight Capital David Einhorn:

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

  4. Rodrigo Duterte:

    This vaping, they say it is electronic. Don't give me that shit. Better stop it, I will order your arrest if you do it in a room... That is like smoking. You contaminate people.

  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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