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
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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
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