def·​e·​cate | \ ˈde-fi-ˌkāt How to pronounce defecate (audio) \
defecated; defecating

Definition of defecate

transitive verb

1 : to free from impurity or corruption
2 : to discharge from the anus

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

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On Friday, a local newspaper published a cartoon of Barata as a songbird, defecating on the heads of Peruvian politicians. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 The massive birds urinate and defecate all over the place, often whitewashing the entire sidewalk and causing significant property damage, including breaking off large branches that crash into cars and homes. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Longmont residents sick of nasty, vomiting turkey vultures," 21 June 2019 Kissing bugs spread the infection by biting a human, typically on their face (hence the nickname), and then defecating near the wound. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Blood-sucking 'kissing bugs' spreading dangerous parasitic disease in US, health officials warn," 24 Aug. 2018 In May, for example, Thomas Tramaglini, the 42-year-old superintendent of Kenilworth (New Jersey) School District, was arrested after he was seen defecating on a high school football field, as The Washington Post's Jacob Bogage reported. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018 There were so few toilets in town that people were defecating in the open. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 Earlier this month, a New Jersey superintendent was arrested after he was allegedly spotted defecating on a high school’s track and football field. Alexia Fernandez,, "Woman Caught on Camera Defecating on Floor of a Tim Hortons and Throwing Feces at an Employee," 17 May 2018 And if a traveler’s animal urinates or defecates on the floor at PDX, the new rules will require an owner to remain at the site until someone from the janitorial staff arrives. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Airports join airlines in tightening the leash on animal travel," 27 June 2018 But in an unflattering picture snapped on a public sidewalk in the Greenslopes neighborhood, Macintosh, 64, was recently unmasked as something else: The predawn jogger who secretly defecated on neighborhood streets. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of defecate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for defecate

Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, from de- + faec-, faex dregs, lees

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English Language Learners Definition of defecate

formal : to pass solid waste from the body


variants: or chiefly British defaecate \ ˈdef-​i-​ˌkāt How to pronounce defaecate (audio) \
defecated; defecating

Medical Definition of defecate

transitive verb

: to discharge from the anus

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

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