verb (used with object), de·filed, de·fil·ing.
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verb (used without object), de·filed, de·fil·ing.
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Rhodes’ performance suggests that Fletcher, so convinced he was doing the right thing for the sake of his country, actually defiled everything his nation stands for by betraying Holiday.The United States vs. Billie Holiday Is a Messy But Passionate Tribute to an American Legend|Stephanie Zacharek|February 26, 2021|Time
His family disowned him and his wife wouldn’t sleep with him because he was “defiled” by corpses.
The building is like one grand water closet — every hole and corner is defiled.Troops lodged in the Capitol in 1861. It was a wreck when they left.|Meryl Kornfield, Felicia Sonmez|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
Meanwhile, windows were being broken, room trashed, historic spaces defiled.The Capitol mob images shouldn’t surprise you. Open insurrection was always where we were headed.|Philip Kennicott|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
Smoking, the statement suggests, will direct their actions, defile their bodies and “cost them” a great deal.
Ripperda's equipage wound down a long and twisting defile between two precipitous rocks.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
We spurred across the plain to the mouth of a deep, wooded defile, through which the Prussian grand corps d'armée were advancing.
The ridge was broken by a notch, and the road crawled through the opening and into the defile.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
Firing at point-blank range, struggling bayonet against bayonet, the small French force worked its way towards the defile.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
And I will give it into the hands of strangers for spoil, and to the wicked of the earth for a prey, and they shall defile it.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various