• WordNet 3.6
    • n befoulment the state of being polluted
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  • Georges Bataille
    “Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.”


In literature:

His robes and best chasuble were befouled.
"Ginx's Baby" by Edward Jenkins
See to my gown, the third that I have befouled within the week.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Marry, thy jerkin is all befouled with the dust of the road.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
On this befouled background visions began to flow and burn.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
The flowing waters were befouled with the gory spray.
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
Sure your lapdog has befouled himself; let me catch hold of the nasty cur, I'll teach him better manners.
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
They may befoul our names, but they can not stop our praying.
"The Heart-Cry of Jesus" by Byron J. Rees
His face is like the bottom of a saucepan that the fire has gradually befouled.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
Forth he plucked it, and thrust it to them across the stains of wine and oil that befouled their table.
"The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series" by Rafael Sabatini
It was heaving up in the middle incredibly; it was spreading incredibly; and as it heaved and spread, it befouled itself and darkened its sky.
"The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington

In poetry:

You whom the kings saluted; who refused not
The one great pleasure of ignoble days,
Fame without name and glory without gossip,
Whom no biographer befouls with praise.
"To the Unknown Warrior" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Between the blackened curbs lie stacked the harvest of the skies,
Long lines of frozen, grimy cocks befouled by city feet;
On either side the racing throngs, the crowding cliffs, the cries,
And ceaseless winds that eddy down to whip the iron street.
"The Winter Harvest" by Lloyd Roberts

In news:

Vandals lately have been marauding through Green-Wood Cemetery, the historic gem atop the heights of Brooklyn, toppling and shattering dozens of gravestones, befouling mausoleums and beheading a marble angel at the grave of a 5-year-old boy.
The veep nod befouls everything.
Sadly, the model also indicates the tuna are spawning there right now—and that the hotspots lie in waters befouled by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Befouled Waters Stymie Would-Be Swimmers.
The heatwave this weekend pushed many New Yorkers to their local pools and beaches, but unfortunately, some destinations were too befouled for bathing.