transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
Origin of maculateMiddle English maculaten from Classical Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare, to spot, speckle from macula, a spot, stain
- spotted; blotched
- defiled; impure
transitive verbmac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
- Spotted, blotched, or stained.
- Morally sullied or impure.
Origin of maculateMiddle English maculaten from Latin maculāre maculāt- from macula spot
(third-person singular simple present maculates, present participle maculating, simple past and past participle maculated)
(comparative more maculate, superlative most maculate)
- Marked with spots or maculae; blotched.
- Defiled; impure.
Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare (“to spot").