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English definition of “defile”

defile

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈfaɪl/ formal us  
to spoil something or someone so that that thing or person is less beautiful or pure: It's a shame that such a beautiful area has been defiled by a rubbish dump. The soldiers deliberately defiled all the holy places.Making things dirty and untidy
defilement
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  

defile

noun [C] uk   /dɪˈfaɪl/ literary us  
a very narrow valley between two mountainsValleys
(Definition of defile from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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