Was not our queen sent back, without any defilement, to her husband, the very next evening?
And so will all defilement of spirit in course of time show its power in the flesh.
It was so great and the defilement so complete that he despaired of the possibility of getting cleansed.
Give the defilement over to the fire of His Holiness, the fire that consumes and purifies.
That which is clean is simply free from soil or defilement of any kind.
So we find that this man also has his disgust of defilement.
The touch of the democracy was defilement, and it does not pass.
The Hajji stood in the gate guarding his skirts from defilement.
She thinks it would be a profanation to put them upon a person so covered with mud and defilement.
For, if there were a God, how could he let purity be clasped in the arms of defilement?
c.1400, "to desecrate, profane;" mid-15c., "to make foul or dirty," alteration of earlier defoulen, from Old French defouler "trample down, violate," also "ill-treat, dishonor," from de- "down" (see de-) + foler "to tread," from Latin fullo "person who cleans and thickens cloth by stamping on it" (see foil (v.)).
The alteration (or re-formation) in English is from influence of Middle English filen (v.) "to render foul; make unclean or impure," literal and figurative, from Old English fylen (trans.), related to Old English fulian (intrans.) "to become foul, rot," from the source of foul (adj.). Cf. befoul, which also had a parallel form befilen. Related: Defiled; defiling.
"narrow passage," 1640s, especially in a military sense, "a narrow passage down which troops can march only in single file," from French défilé, noun use of past participle of défiler "march by files" (17c.), from de- "off" (see de-) + file "row," from Latin filum "thread" (see file (v.)). The verb in this sense is 1705, from French défiler.