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Synonyms for contaminate
kənˈtæm əˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pollute, foul, contaminate(verb)

    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. contaminate(verb)

    make radioactive by adding radioactive material

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

    Synonyms:
    foul, pollute

    Antonyms:
    decontaminate

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.

    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 Antonyms

  1. contaminate

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contaminate(v. a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contaminate(v)

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

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  1. List of paraphrases:

    pollute, infect

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How to use contaminate in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Guy Ritchie:

    I like the original movie so I'm aware I don't want to contaminate the nostalgia of the first one, what you want to do is embellish.

  3. 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.

  4. Greenlight Capital David Einhorn:

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

  5. 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.


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