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defileverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪl/ formal
to ​spoil something or someone so that that thing or ​person is less ​beautiful or ​pure: It's a ​shame that such a ​beautifularea has been defiled by a ​rubbishdump. The ​soldiersdeliberately defiled all the ​holyplaces.
defilement
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/

defilenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪl/ literary
a very ​narrowvalley between two ​mountains
(Definition of defile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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defileverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈfɑɪl/
to ​spoil the ​goodness or ​beauty of something: Cans, ​paperbags, and other ​trash defiled the ​landscape.
(Definition of defile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defile”
in Chinese (Simplified) 玷污,亵渎,糟蹋…
in Turkish bozmak, kirletmek, lekelemek…
in Russian осквернять, пятнать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 玷污,褻瀆,糟蹋…
in Polish bezcześcić, brukać…
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