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polluted

[puh-loo-tid]
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adjective
  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted: swimming in polluted waters.
  2. Slang. drunk.
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Origin of polluted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pollute, -ed2
Related formspol·lut·ed·ness, nounun·pol·lut·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unpolluted

Historical Examples

  • What can we demand from earth but its solitudes—what from heaven but its unpolluted air?

    Falkland, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He emphasised the fact that his life had been unpolluted and his morals irreproachable.

  • I envy you your peace of mind, your clean conscience, your unpolluted memory.

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

  • We feel that his soul is unpolluted, and that he is superior to ordinary temptations.

  • Every morning we bathed in the unpolluted waters of the river.

    In the Footprints of the Padres

    Charles Warren Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for unpolluted

unpolluted

adjective
  1. not affected or contaminated by pollution
  2. untainted; pureunpolluted by the corruption of Europe
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polluted

adjective
  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated
  2. US slang intoxicated; drunk
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Word Origin and History for unpolluted

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.

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