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defile

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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
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canyon (also cañon), col, couloir, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddle

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defile

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1 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable

  • supplies of meat that had been defiled by maggots
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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
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contaminate, taint, pollute, defile mean to make impure or unclean. contaminate implies intrusion of or contact with dirt or foulness from an outside source.
    • water contaminated by industrial wastes
taint stresses the loss of purity or cleanliness that follows contamination.
    • tainted meat
    • a politician's tainted reputation
pollute, sometimes interchangeable with contaminate, distinctively may imply that the process which begins with contamination is complete and that what was pure or clean has been made foul, poisoned, or filthy.
    • the polluted waters of the river
defile implies befouling of what could or should have been kept clean and pure or held sacred and commonly suggests violation or desecration.
    • defile a hero's memory with slanderous innuendo


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