View synonyms for defiled


[ dih-fahyld ]


  1. made foul, dirty, or unclean; polluted or tainted:

    Morally, those with defiled consciences are flying blind.

  2. made impure for ceremonial or ritual use; desecrated:

    To the left is a defiled shrine, with statues toppled and the symbol of an unrecognizable god destroyed.

  3. sullied, as a person’s reputation:

    The lawyer added to his defiled reputation the other day by getting into a fistfight with a congressman.

  4. Archaic. deprived of one’s virginity or having one’s chastity violated.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of defile 1( def ).

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Example Sentences

They also revived the old custom of killing women who were seen to have defiled their family “honor.”

Evidence was destroyed, perjury suborned, and justice defiled.

I cannot help but think of the political and ideological interests that have defiled the city.

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.

And by the facility of her fornication she defiled the land, and played the harlot with stones and with stocks.

For the greatness of thy iniquity, thy nakedness is discovered, the soles of thy feet are defiled.

Thou art grown old in a strange country, thou art defiled with the dead: thou art counted with them that go down into hell.

And I poured out my indignation upon them for the blood which they had shed upon the land, and with their idols they defiled it.

I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: the fornications of Ephraim there: Israel is defiled.