Meaning of “defile” in the English Dictionary

"defile" in British English

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defileverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfaɪl/ 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 beautiful area has been defiled by a rubbish dump.
The soldiers deliberately defiled all the holy places.
defilement
noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈfaɪl.mənt/ us /dɪˈfaɪl.mənt/

defilenoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈfaɪl/ us /dɪˈfaɪl/ literary

(Definition of “defile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defile" in American English

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defileverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈfɑɪl/

to spoil the goodness or beauty of something:

Cans, paper bags, and other trash defiled the landscape.

(Definition of “defile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)