Defile meaning

dĭ-fīl'
To make filthy or dirty; pollute.

Defile a river with sewage.

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To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).
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A narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement, as of troops.
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To defile is defined as to make something unclean, either literally or figuratively.

When you scribble over a beautiful painting, this is an example of a situation where you defile the painting.

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To debase the pureness or excellence of; corrupt.

A country landscape that was defiled by urban sprawl.

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To profane or sully (a reputation, for example).
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To make unclean or unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate.

Defile a temple.

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To march in single file or in files or columns.
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A march in a line.
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To make filthy or dirty; pollute.
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To make ceremonially unclean.
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To corrupt.
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To profane or sully.

Defiled his good name.

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To violate the chastity of; deflower.
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To march in single file or by files.
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A narrow passage through which troops must defile.
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Any narrow valley or mountain pass.
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A march in single file or by files.
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To make impure; to make dirty.
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A narrow way or passage, e.g. between mountains.
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A single file, such as of soldiers.
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The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To march in a single file.
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Origin of defile

From Middle English defilen (“to make dirty”), alteration (due to Middle English defoulen, defoilen (“to trample, abuse”)) of Middle English befilen (“to defile, make foul”), from Old English befȳlan (“to befoul, defile”), from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *fūlijaną (“to defile, make filthy”). Cognate with Dutch bevuilen (“to defile, soil”). More at be-, file, foul.