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defile

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of defile

  1. a narrow opening between hillsides or mountains that can be used for passage <the cattle, once they were cornered in the defile, were quickly rounded up> Synonyms col, couloir, canyon, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddleRelated Words abyss, chasm, cirque, cleft, crevasse, crevice, cwm [chiefly British], fissure; combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dale, dell, glen, hollow, shut-in, vale, valley; basin, floodplain, kettle; arroyo, barranca (also barranco), coulee, draw, gully (also gulley), gutter, nullah, trench, trough, wadi, wash [West]




defile

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of defile

  1. 1 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable <supplies of meat that had been defiled by maggots> Synonyms befoul, contaminate, foul, poison, pollute, taintRelated Words infect; begrime, besmirch, blacken, dirty, foul up, grime, mire, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, sully; corrupt, rot, spoil; adulterate, doctor; dilute, water downNear Antonyms clarify, clean, cleanse, clear, distill (also distil), purge; filter; disinfect, sanitize, sterilizeAntonyms decontaminate, purify

  2. 2 to treat (a sacred place or object) shamefully or with great disrespect <art conservators were careful not to do anything that might defile the holy relic> Synonyms desecrate, profane, violateRelated Words deconsecrate, desacralize, desanctify; blaspheme, curse, swear; befoul, contaminate, foul, poison, pollute, soil, sully, taint; affront, defame, insult, offend, outrage; annihilate, crush, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, ravage, raze, ruin, waste, wreck; despoil, loot, pillage, plunder, raid, ransack, rob, sack, spoil, stripNear Antonyms bless, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, sanctify; honor, respect; cleanse, purge, purify




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