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Synonyms for infect
ɪnˈfɛkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infect(verb)

    communicate a disease to

    "Your children have infected you with this head cold"

    Synonyms:
    taint

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

  2. infect, taint(verb)

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism

    Synonyms:
    cloud, taint, defile, corrupt, sully

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

  3. infect(verb)

    corrupt with ideas or an ideology

    "society was infected by racism"

    Synonyms:
    taint

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

  4. infect(verb)

    affect in a contagious way

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

    Synonyms:
    taint

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

Wiktionary

  1. infect(verb)

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

  2. infect(verb)

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

  3. infect(verb)

    Her passion for dancing has infected me.

    Antonyms:
    disinfect

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.

    Synonyms:
    befoul, contaminate, corrupt, defile, 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. infect

    Synonyms:
    taint, corrupt, contaminate, pollute, defile

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. infect(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    taint with disease, affect with contagious matter

  2. infect(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pollute, contaminate, vitiate, poison, defile, corrupt

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    contaminate, infected

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How to use infect in a sentence?

  1. President Barack Obama:

    The longer that we allow the political rhetoric of late to continue, and the longer that we tacitly accept it, we create a permission structure that allows the animosity in one corner of our politics to infect our broader society, and animosity breeds animosity.

  2. 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.

  3. Bruce Walker:

    On the other hand, if some viruses sneak through and infect a cell ; then the body is dependent upon T cells to eliminate the virus, and therein lies the opportunity for us to rethink what we're doing in terms of vaccination -- because those T cells, at least theoretically, could be highly potent and could attenuate the disease. In other words, they wouldn't protect against infection, but they might make infections so asymptomatic that you would not notice it yourself and, in fact, you would never have enough virus in your body to transmit it to somebody else. That's the hypothesis.

  4. Plato:

    False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

  5. William Schaffner:

    I think what they're saying is virus number one initiates an inflammatory response which then acts as a barrier to the second virus, i think there are also some data to suggest Vanderbilt University's two viruses can not simultaneously infect the same cell.


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