They hate the army of Aerschot and Lorraine as a mother hates the defiler of her child.
And Mr. Gosse saw him as the defiler of the purity of the English language.
He returned unexpectedly soon, however; found his home occupied, and stabbed the defiler of it.
I don't mind smoke,' she said mendaciously, trying to appease the defiler of the air with a little smile.
The impulse to crush the defiler was checked by the sudden appearance of two men inside the curtains.
Schwartz's kick at the Master had thrown the adoring dog into a maniac rage against this defiler of his idol.
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.