defile

Definitions

  • The Defile of Suza Pass——278
    The Defile of Suza Pass——278
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v defile spot, stain, or pollute "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
    • v defile make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air","Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
    • v defile place under suspicion or cast doubt upon "sully someone's reputation"
    • n defile a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defile Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass between hills, rocks, etc.
    • v. t Defile (Mil) Same as Defilade.
    • Defile (Mil) The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
    • Defile To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate; to rape. "The husband murder'd and the wife defiled ."
    • Defile To injure in purity of character; to corrupt. "Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt."
    • Defile To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute. "That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile therewith."
    • Defile To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute. "They that touch pitch will be defiled ."
    • v. i Defile To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
    • Defile To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint. "He is . . . among the greatest prelates of this age, however his character may be defiled by . . . dirty hands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defile To make unclean, dirty, or impure; soil; befoul.
    • defile Figuratively, to sully or tarnish, as reputation, etc.
    • defile To make ceremonially unclean.
    • defile To overcome the chastity of; debauch; violate; deflower.
    • defile To taint, in a moral sense; corrupt; vitiate; debauch; pollute.
    • defile Synonyms To contaminate, foul, stain, dirty. See taint, v. t.
    • defile To march off in a line, or by files; file off.
    • defile In fortification, same as defilade.
    • n defile A narrow passage in a mountain region; a gorge through which a body of troops or other persons can pass in a file or narrow line.
    • n defile A march by files.
    • n defile Synonyms Gorge, Ravine, etc. See valley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Defile dē-fīl′ or dē′fīl to march off in file or line, or file by file
    • n Defile a long narrow pass or way, in which troops can march only in file, or with a narrow front
    • v.t Defile de-fīl′ to pollute or corrupt: to violate
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Quotations

  • Simone Weil
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    “To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.”
  • Bible
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    “He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him. [Ecclesiasticus 13:1]”
  • Simone Weil
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    “Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “To make our idea of morality center on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. defoulen, -foilen, to tread down, OF. defouler,; de-, + fouler, to trample (see Full (v. t.)), and OE. defoulen, to foul (influenced in form by the older verb defoilen,). See File to defile, Foul Defoul
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, and A.S. fýlan, fúl, foul.

Usage

In literature:

Dave was riding along slowly, letting his horse find the best footing possible, when he came to a narrow defile.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
Iskender moved on, trusting hard in Allah to save his Sunday clothes from base defilement.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
The road led up a defile, which was nothing more than the bed of a mountain-torrent, now dry.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
As he waded through the narrow defile, the dumb assistant behind him whistled faintly, and perhaps inadvertantly.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The Sierra Morena was fortified in every defile through which I passed in my way to Seville.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
This last defile was close to the sea, and was called the Straits of Thermopylae.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
Then they came to a narrow defile where but two cavalrymen could ride abreast.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Between it and them rose a hilly country, a narrow defile through which offered the nearest and best route.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The road led up a defile, which was nothing more than the bed of a mountain-torrent, now dry.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The mouth of a river, outlet of a wood, defile, or narrow pass.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

He leaves with her an infant child,
With an intemperate birth;
To, if it lives, go and defile
Some other one of worth.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Free to wander where she listeth;
No immurement must defile
(So the ancient law insisteth)
This, the hallowed bride of Nile.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
How have I wandered from my God!
And, following sin and shame,
In this vile world of flesh and blood
Defiled my nobler frame!
"Hymn 22 part 2" by Isaac Watts
In vain we boast perfection here,
While sin defiles our frame,
And sinks our virtues down so far,
They scarce deserve the name.
"Psalm 119 part 7" by Isaac Watts
'Alas, my bullet will not pierce
Your heart unworthy and defiled,
For by my mother were you nursed;
By her who loved you as her child.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Where the descent begins, through long defiles
I see them wind;
And some are looking down with hopeful smiles,
And some are — blind.
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod

In news:

Police charged 26-year-old Matthew Rene Beaulieu with Abduction with the intent to defile, a class 2 felony.
The Defile series presents seven life-size images of people in avant-garde fashions.
Well If You're Going To Defile A Sign this Is The Way To Do It.
Do not allow a cross to defile Trade Center memorial.
Someone with a can of spray paint already has defiled the "artistic wall" running alongside I-5 through the core of Tacoma.
Defiler released their new album, Nematocera, today.
Defiler Discuss New Album Track-By-Track, Part 2.
Defiler released their new album, Nematocera, yesterday.
Unofficial is ' orgiastic defilement' of St Patrick.
How much would someone pay to defile one of the last few illusions about the purity of baseball.
Handlers worry about the well-being of their livestock and rivals defiling the sacred animals.
These days, BART doesn't track how often elevators are defiled or unavailable during cleanup.
The residents of our community painfully telling their woeful tales of lost signage, littered yards or defiled front steps.
Some environmentalists still think of automakers as unrepentant defilers of the Earth.
Miami Marlins Ownership Defiles Public's Trust with Another Roster Fire Sale.
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