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Synonyms for pollute
pəˈlut

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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, foul, contaminate, clog up, congest, choke

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pollute

    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, infect, 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. pollute

    Synonyms:
    befoul, taint, poison, corrupt, tarnish, stain, contaminate, soil, vitiate, deprave

    Antonyms:
    purify, clarify, disinfect, filter

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pollute(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    defile, soil, taint, make foul

  2. pollute(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    corrupt, infect, contaminate, vitiate, deprave, debase, poison

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pollute(v)

    Synonyms:
    defile, contaminate, corrupt, infect, debase, vitiate, desecrate, befoul

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pollute":

    contaminate, pollutes

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How to use pollute in a sentence?

  1. Gina McCarthy:

    This is an open license to pollute. Plain and simple.

  2. William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124:

    But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.

  3. Alexander Rukshin:

    The results of the tests of this air ammunition have shown that it can be compared with a nuclear weapon by its efficiency and capabilities, at the same time, I particularly want to emphasize that the impact from this ammunition does not pollute the environment in any way compared to a nuclear munition.

  4. Pope Francis:

    As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.

  5. Fernando Melendez:

    The only thing foreign companies have done is pollute and foment distrust among local populations, we don't see any benefits and remain an impoverished region.

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