- 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.
Origin of defile1
- any narrow passage, especially between mountains.
- to march in a line or by files.
Origin of defile2
Related Words for defiledexposed, tainted, dirty, trashed, spoilt, besmirched, profaned, cooked, dishonored, polluted, common, impure, unclean
Examples from the Web for defiled
Contemporary Examples of defiled
They also revived the old custom of killing women who were seen to have defiled their family “honor.”Israel's Secret Honor Killings
March 8, 2014
I cannot help but think of the political and ideological interests that have defiled the city.A New Jerusalem Day?
May 18, 2012
And it's just so easy, I thought as I pulled my shirt on and, once again, said thank you to the young man I'd just defiled.Sex in the Time of GPS
February 1, 2010
Historical Examples of defiled
Then Alexander's Feast—the little harpies have been at that too, and it is defiled.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
But if he had defiled it, might not Hermione have been the subject of a great revulsion?A Spirit in Prison
Yes, my husband who has defiled me as no other on earth could have soiled and degraded me!Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
They have sacked it, defiled it, destroyed it; but what does that matter!Doctor Pascal
If we had gone in, those vessels and the water in them would have been defiled.Things as They Are
- 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
Word Origin for defile
- a narrow pass or gorge, esp one between two mountains
- a single file of soldiers, etc
- mainly military to march or cause to march in single file
Word Origin for defile
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.