HyperDic: defile

English > 4 senses of the word defile:
NOUNobjectdefile, gorgea narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
VERBcontactdefile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloudplace under suspicion or cast doubt upon
contactdefile, tarnish, stain, maculate, sullymake dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air
changedefile, foul, befoul, maculatespot, stain, or pollute
English > defile: 4 senses > noun 1, object
MeaningA narrow pass (especially one between mountains).
Synonymgorge
Broaderpass, mountain pass, notchThe location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
Spanishangostura, colada, congosto, cortadura, desfiladero, estrecho, garganta, paso
Catalancongost, engorjat, escanyall, gorja
English > defile: 4 senses > verb 1, contact
Meaningplace under suspicion or cast doubt upon.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymssully, corrupt, taint, cloud
Broadermar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiatemake imperfect
Spanishafear, mancillar, pervertir
Catalanpervertir, sollar
English > defile: 4 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningmake dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymstarnish, stain, maculate, sully
Narrowerdarkentarnish or stain
Broaderspot, fleck, blob, blotmake a spot or mark onto
Spanishdeslustrar, manchar, mancillar
Catalandesllustrar
English > defile: 4 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningSpot, stain, or pollute.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
Synonymsfoul, befoul, maculate
Broaderdishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shameBring shame or dishonor upon
Spanishcontaminar, emporcar, ensuciar, macular, manchar, polucionar
Catalanembrutar, tacar
Nounsdefilementthe state of being polluted
defilera person or organization that causes pollution of the environment

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