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Definition of "defile" []

  • To make filthy or dirty; pollute: defile a river with sewage. (verb-transitive)
  • To debase the pureness or excellence of; corrupt: a country landscape that was defiled by urban sprawl. (verb-transitive)
  • To profane or sully (a reputation, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To make unclean or unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate: defile a temple. (verb-transitive)
  • To violate the chastity of. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "defile" in a sentence
  • "That reached, compensation for the ugly scenery we had to pass through began when we entered a beautiful mountain defile, about two hours from Damascus."
  • "The defile was a death trap, where huge pistons shot out and slammed across from side to side."
  • "A jagged chasm ran across the cavern, and on the other side of the defile was a writhing sea of furred flesh and sharp teeth."