defilement

Definitions

  • The Defile of Suza Pass——278
    The Defile of Suza Pass——278
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n defilement the state of being polluted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defilement The act of defiling, or state of being defiled, whether physically or morally; pollution; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness. "Defilements of the flesh.""The chaste can not rake into such filth without danger of defilement ."
    • n Defilement (Mil) The protection of the interior walls of a fortification from an enfilading fire, as by covering them, or by a high parapet on the exposed side.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defilement The act of defiling, or the state of being defiled; foulness; uncleanness; impurity.
    • n defilement Corruption of morals, principles, or conduct; impurity; pollution by vice or sin.
    • n defilement In fortification, same as defilading.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Defilement act of defiling: foulness
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Quotations

  • Simone Weil
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    “To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “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
Cf. F. défilement,. See Defile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, and A.S. fýlan, fúl, foul.

Usage

In literature:

Yes, the soul and the intelligence defiled and destroyed in the confessional are often hopelessly defiled and destroyed.
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy
They were half-way through the snow defile, when the leading sleigh, in which rode Ruth and Alice, swerved to one side.
"The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound" by Laura Lee Hope
Their touch is considered to defile and they live in a quarter by themselves outside the village.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Just as the demons, so the witches take away the breath of man, defile his food and drink, or close up his mouth.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
It was a sparing drop of water that was used, and that was presently drunk with avidity, defiled as it was.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
Penelope, though no watch looked unto her, Was not defiled by any gallant wooer.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Small and apparently harmless Popery began: with the power and perseverance of a principle in nature it spread and defiled the Church.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
The oars dipped again in the blue water, and they rowed back to the rugged defile they had left to explore on their return.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
A thick wood, however, was before them and another rocky defile.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
Tobacco smoking is prohibited as the smoker would defile the holy fire.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
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In poetry:

'Twas for thy sake, eternal God,
Thy Son sustained that heavy load
Of base reproach and sore disgrace,
And shame defiled his sacred face.
"Psalm 69 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And when the pipe grows foul within,
Think on thy soul defiled with sin;
For then the fire
It does require:
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
And when the pipe grows foul within,
Think on thy soul defil'd with sin;
For then the fire
It does require.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
Mary of Magdala groaned and prayed:
"O God, I am very much afraid;
For out of my body, by sin defiled,
Thou biddest me make a little child.
"Mary Of Magdala" by Edith Nesbit
Witness thy portrait, smoke-defiled,
That decked his shelter-place.
Life seemed more present, wrote the child,
Beneath thy well-known face.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
If pride, or lust, or sloth forlorn
Dim and defile their high estate,
Our willing love is turn'd to hate,
Our ready homage smiles in scorn.
"True Nobility" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Police charged 26-year-old Matthew Rene Beaulieu with Abduction with the intent to defile, a class 2 felony.
Reps betray oath when they defile Constitution.
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.
Even more Romney signs defiled .
Image Gallery for Airplane missions help replant defiled land on Blue Mountain.
Excuse me while I mock and defile it.
Unofficial is 'orgiastic defilement ' of St Patrick.
Obama's Radical, Tasteless Defilement of 9/11.
Best Defiler of Legal Tender - 2005.
Defiler Discuss New Album Track-By-Track, Part 1.
Defiler released their new album, Nematocera, today.
Defiler Discuss New Album Track-By-Track, Part 2.
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