- spotted; stained.
- Archaic. defiled; impure.
- to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
- to sully or pollute.
Origin of maculate
Related Words for maculatesully, debase, pollute, tarnish, smear, muddy, taint, smudge, degrade, contaminate, besmirch, tar, dishonor, discolor, desecrate, vitiate, speckle, mottle, spotted, checkered
Examples from the Web for maculate
Historical Examples of maculate
Josephina owns one unchanging dress, septic, maculate and repellent.I, Mary MacLane
We are maculate, and it is given to no man to probe the mystery of existence.A Secret Inheritance (Volume 1 of 3)
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
His heavy, blunt hand fumbled under the maculate apron; his chest heaved with a sudden, tempestuous breathing.Wild Oranges
Maculate -ed: spotted or marked with figures of any shape, of a color different from the ground.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- (tr) to spot, stain, or pollute
- spotted or polluted
Word Origin for maculate
"spotted," late 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Middle English also had maculation "sexual defilement, sinning" (late 15c.).
early 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Related: Maculated; maculating.
- To spot or blemish.
- Spotted or blotched.