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English definition of “defile”

defile

verb [T]     /dɪˈfaɪl/ formal
to spoil something or someone so that they are 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     /-mənt/ noun [U]
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