vitiation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vitiation nullification by the destruction of the legal force; rendering null "the vitiation of the contract"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vitiation The act of vitiating, or the state of being vitiated; depravation; corruption; invalidation; as, the vitiation of the blood; the vitiation of a contract. "The vitiation that breeds evil acts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vitiation The act of vitiating specifically— Impairment; corruption: as, vitiation of the blood.
    • n vitiation A rendering invalid or illegal: as, the vitiation of a contract or a court.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vitiatio,

Usage

In literature:

A departure from the prescribed rule would have vitiated the ordinance.
"Bertha and Her Baptism" by Nehemiah Adams
The absence of either vitiates all.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
His atmosphere was sadly deficient in life-giving oxygen, and much vitiated by gunpowder smoke.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
It seems to me such a vitiated taste.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, April 1893" by Various
But his function is to vitiate them all.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
And here no doubt lies the error which vitiates his system as a system.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
This is so true that it vitiates even the toil which gains our daily bread.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
Does that false name vitiate the marriage?
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
No vitiated air, no contagion is necessary; men have but to hear the name of this strange death and they tremble and die.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The wild license of the place was unspeakably vitiating.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
The air must either escape gradually or become vitiated as they breathed it.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Every part of a vitiated public mind is exposed in its turn.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
He had a contempt for cheap and plain belongings, as leaning insensibly to vitiation of taste.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
I do not think it usually makes that impression upon temperaments similarly vitiated.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
There is something peculiarly vitiating in such an atmosphere.
"Nancy of Paradise Cottage" by Shirley Watkins
A sound, natural feeling revolts against the vitiated taste of the women.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
Thus for him who, plunged from his birth in a focus of domestic depravity, is vitiated quite young, what hope is there of cure?
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 4 of 6" by Eugène Sue
But his arguments are generally vitiated by the fallacy of assuming what they profess to prove.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
From remote ages it had been numbered among the elements, though considered liable to vitiation or foulness.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Nearly all are vitiated by extreme generality of statement and inaccuracy in detail.
"Count Frontenac" by William Dawson LeSueur
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In poetry:

Still worse, a moral degradation
Thus cradled, vitiates the race;
Among the rising generation
A lust for slaughter grows apace.
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The Environmental Protection Agency has strenuously objected to the Energy Department 's recommendations to the White House to revise air pollution regulations, saying the proposals would "vitiate" the nation's clean air policy.
It notes the Latin root vitium means "fault, vice," and defines it first as "to make faulty or defective" with a quotation from William Styron: "The comic impact is vitiated by obvious haste".
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In science:

The conservation of the topological charge is vitiated only if the field g(~x, t) cannot be defined without singularities.
Color Skyrmions in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
The short lifetime of the muon (2.2 µs at rest) vitiates all beam-cooling methods currently in use (electron, stochastic, and laser cooling).
Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities: The Coming Decade
While this discussion does not prove one way or the other the importance of non-LTE effects, it does show that there is a need for further work in this area. In the discussion to follow we must keep in mind that there may be effects in the abundances that will ultimately vitiate the conclusions reached here.
The Distribution of the Elements in the Galactic Disk III. A Reconsideration of Cepheids from l = 30 to 250 Degrees
The uncertainties in binary evolution, particularly in the all-important mass and angular momentum loss rates, are so great as to vitiate any attempt at present to build such a library.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
Experiments carried out to determine the effect on field emission of dielectric films showed that Pb whiskers could grow through an Al2O3 overcoating and vitiate any reduction of the electric field by the dielectric.
Thin Dielectric Films in Superconducting Cavities
Sch¨afer [ 36] discussed the progress in constructing effective theories for the dynamics near the Fermi surface when unscreened QCD forces vitiate the formalism of Fermi liquid theory.
Quark Matter 2005 -- Theoretical Summary
Larger nuclei have a factor Z advantage in the relative size of the 2γ and 1γ effects, although breakup effects vitiate this advantage for elastic scattering except at low energy.
Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes
This does not, however, conclusively vitiate the Lithwick & Goldreich (2001) theory.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
On the other hand nonperturbative dynamics can quite naturally vitiate helicity suppression and thus provide the dominant source of WA.
$D_s$ Lifetime, $m_b$, $m_c$ and $|V_{cb}|$ in the Heavy Quark Expansion
It has been pointed out that these same data vitiate one of the earliest successes of non-SUSY SU(5) GUT—the prediction of the ratio mb/mτ ≃ 3 from b-τ Yukawa coupling unification.
Supercollider Signatures of Supergravity Models with Yukawa Unification
People are even more easily fooled when their ability to detect fooling is explicitly vitiated, for instance, by a prohibition against using “trickery or guile”.5 When I asked Mr.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
However, again the conclusion was wrong since in this limit a boundary layer develops which vitiates the conclusion.
Princeton University Observatory Annual Report, 1997-98
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