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polluted

[puh-loo-tid] /pəˈlu tɪd/
adjective
1.
made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted:
swimming in polluted waters.
2.
Slang. drunk.
Origin of polluted
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at pollute, -ed2
Related forms
pollutedness, noun
unpolluted, adjective

pollute

[puh-loot] /pəˈlut/
verb (used with object), polluted, polluting.
1.
to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty:
to pollute the air with smoke.
2.
to make morally unclean; defile.
3.
to render ceremonially impure; desecrate:
to pollute a house of worship.
4.
Informal. to render less effective or efficient:
The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English polute < Latin pollūtus past participle of polluere to soil, defile, equivalent to pol-, assimilated variant of por- (see pollicitation; here marking the action as complete) + -lū- base of -luere (akin to lutum mud, dirt, lustrum muddy place) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
polluter, noun
pollutive, adjective
nonpolluting, adjective
unpolluting, adjective
Synonyms
1. soil, befoul. 2. taint, contaminate, vitiate, corrupt, debase, deprave.
Antonyms
1, 2. purify.
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Examples from the Web for polluted
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  • He worships every handsome woman, who will allow herself to be polluted by his incense.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It sheared off heads so many, that it, and the ground it most polluted, were a rotten red.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • We do not say that art should be despised by the novelist; we only contend that it should not be polluted.

  • This, it is said, is an effective arrangement for drawing off the polluted air of a room.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • But heresies have polluted every church, and schisms are the fruit of disputation.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for polluted

polluted

/pəˈluːtɪd/
adjective
1.
made unclean or impure; contaminated
2.
(US, slang) intoxicated; drunk

pollute

/pəˈluːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
2.
to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
3.
to desecrate or defile
Derived Forms
polluter, noun
Word Origin
C14 polute, from Latin polluere to defile
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Word Origin and History for polluted
adj.

c.1400, "rendered impure or unclean," past participle adjective from pollute (v.). Meaning "drunk" is from 1912, American English slang; ecological sense is from 1888.

pollute

v.

late 14c., "to defile," a back formation from pollution, or else from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere "to defile, pollute, contaminate." Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning "make physically foul" is from 1540s; specific sense "contaminate the environment" emerged from late 19c.

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polluted in Medicine

pollute pol·lute (pə-lōōt')
v. pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing, pol·lutes

  1. To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.

  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.


pol·lut'er n.
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Slang definitions & phrases for polluted

polluted

adjective

Drunk (1912+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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