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  1. infectverb


  2. infectverb


  3. infectverb

    Her passion for dancing has infected me.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. infect

    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, defile, 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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. infect

    taint, corrupt, contaminate, pollute, defile

Princeton's WordNet

  1. infectverb

    communicate a disease to

    "Your children have infected you with this head cold"



  2. infect, taintverb

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism

    cloud, taint, defile, corrupt, sully


  3. infectverb

    corrupt with ideas or an ideology

    "society was infected by racism"



  4. infectverb

    affect in a contagious way

    "His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"



Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. infectverb

    taint with disease, affect with contagious matter

  2. infectverb

    pollute, contaminate, vitiate, poison, defile, corrupt

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "infect":

    contaminate, infected

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How to use infect in a sentence?

  1. Wu Minzhou:

    Because there's an ... incubation period at play here, if they head out, for example, to cities in the north of China then it's highly possible they will infect those areas too.

  2. John Williams:

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is extremely deadly, about 30 % of people who are infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will die, so the virus got over one of the barriers -- it's able to infect humans, grow in them and cause disease -- but thankfully it really doesn't spread well person to person, other than very, very close contacts.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Negative thoughts are the causes of all depression and all stress. Be positive; never infect your mind with negative thoughts.

  4. Wang Junnan:

    My first concern is for myself. I'm worried that the virus may infect me. I'm also worried about people in Hubei.

  5. Jonathan Nez:

    You may be young and in good health, but this virus can infect anyone, this is not to be taken lightly.

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