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Synonyms for defile
dɪˈfaɪl, ˈdi faɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defile, gorge(noun)

    a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)

    gullet, gorge, oesophagus, esophagus

  2. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

    subvert, besmirch, fog, calumniate, foul, infect, overcast, becloud, befoul, maculate, slander, demoralise, dapple, cloud, misdirect, debase, pervert, demoralize, sully, defame, asperse, vitiate, profane, obscure, mist, stain, haze over, taint, smear, denigrate, deprave, mottle, tarnish, buy, befog, grease one's palms, smirch, bribe, debauch, spoil, corrupt, obnubilate

  3. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile(verb)

    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"

    calumniate, maculate, asperse, tarnish, smear, denigrate, slander, corrupt, sully, stain, besmirch, smirch, defame, foul, taint, cloud, befoul

  4. foul, befoul, defile, maculate(verb)

    spot, stain, or pollute

    "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"

    choke off, maculate, tarnish, foul, clog up, congest, contaminate, clog, pollute, sully, stain, choke, corrupt, taint, cloud, back up, befoul

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defile

    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.

    befoul, contaminate, corrupt, infect, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, vitiate

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defile(v. a.)

    soil, dirty, stain, tarnish, make foul or filthy

  2. defile(v. a.)

    sully, taint, pollute, corrupt, vitiate, debase, contaminate, poison

  3. defile(v. a.)

    violate, DEFLOUR, ravish

  4. defile(v. n.)

    file off, march in a line

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defile(v)

    contaminate, pollute, soil, befoul, vitiate, taint, corrupt, infect, sully

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  1. Steve Hofmeyr:

    I don't want fewer monuments, i want more monuments erected. But don't defile the ones that exist -- we are the sum total of all the history, not just the fun parts.

  2. Kelvin Cochran:

    Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body – temple and dishonor God. i did not single out homosexuality.

  3. Ramabina Mahapa:

    I want more monuments erected. But don't defile the ones that exist -- we are the sum total of all the history, not just the fun parts. people down the years will be looking at the statue and at his history and what he did.

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  • لوثArabic
  • осквернявам, опетнявам, дефилирамBulgarian
  • embrutar, contaminar, pol·luirCatalan, Valencian
  • verunreinigen, Engpass, HohlwegGerman
  • estrecho, contaminar, impurificar, desfiladero, ensuciar, desfilar, angostura, paso, desfileSpanish
  • tahrata, jono, solaFinnish
  • défilé, souiller, défiler, déflorerFrench
  • अपवित्र करनाHindi
  • לְטַמֵאHebrew
  • 汚れたJapanese
  • inquinōLatin
  • engte, bevuilen, defiléDutch
  • conspurcarPortuguese
  • spurcaRomanian
  • дефиле́, тесни́на, загрязня́ть, оскверня́ть, растлева́ть, па́чкать, дефилировать, развраща́ть, мара́ть, [[у́зкий]] [[прохо́д]], дефилеRussian
  • orena, defileraSwedish

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