- To vitiate is to corrupt, invalidate or weaken morally.
- When you bribe a policeman, this is an example of when you vitiate the policeman.
- When you make a legal contract invalid, this is an example of a time when you vitiate the contract.
- When you give an underage person a drink, this an example of when you vitiate a child.
vitiate definition by Webster's New World
vitiate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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transitive verb vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing, vi·ti·ates
- To reduce the value or impair the quality of.
- To corrupt morally; debase.
- To make ineffective; invalidate. See Synonyms at corrupt.
Origin: Latin vitiāre, vitiāt-, from vitium, fault.
- viˈti·a·ble adjective
- viˌti·aˈtion noun
- viˈti·aˌtor noun
vitiate - Legal Definition
- To interfere with; to impair; to render null and void; to cause to have no effect.
- To invalidate either partially or completely.
- To corrupt morally.