defile

1
[dih-fahyl]

verb (used with object), de·filed, de·fil·ing.

to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase.
to violate the chastity of.
to make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.
to sully, as a person's reputation.

Nearby words

  1. deficit,
  2. deficit financing,
  3. deficit spending,
  4. defier,
  5. defilade,
  6. defilement,
  7. definable,
  8. define,
  9. defined,
  10. defined-benefit

Origin of defile

1
1275–1325; Middle English defilen, defelen, alteration of defoilen (by association with filen to file3) < Anglo-French, Old French defouler to trample on, violate; compare Old English befȳlan to befoul

Related forms

defile

2
[dih-fahyl, dee-fahyl]

noun

any narrow passage, especially between mountains.

verb (used without object), de·filed, de·fil·ing.

to march in a line or by files.

Origin of defile

2
1675–85; < French défilé, noun use of past participle of défiler to file off; see defilade

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British Dictionary definitions for defiled

defile

1

verb (tr)

to make foul or dirty; pollute
to tarnish or sully the brightness of; taint; corrupt
to damage or sully (someone's good name, reputation, etc)
to make unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate
to violate the chastity of
Derived Formsdefilement, noundefiler, noun

Word Origin for defile

C14: from earlier defoilen (influenced by filen to file ³), from Old French defouler to trample underfoot, abuse, from de- + fouler to tread upon; see full ²

defile

2

noun

a narrow pass or gorge, esp one between two mountains
a single file of soldiers, etc

verb

mainly military to march or cause to march in single file

Word Origin for defile

C17: from French défilé, from défiler to file off, from filer to march in a column, from Old French: to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum

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Word Origin and History for defiled
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