- to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
- to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
- to debase; corrupt; pervert.
- to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.
Origin of vitiate
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- to make faulty or imperfect
- to debase, pervert, or corrupt
- to destroy the force or legal effect of (a deed, etc)to vitiate a contract
Word Origin for vitiate
C16: from Latin vitiāre to injure, from vitium a fault
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1530s, from Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare "to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt," from vitium "fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice" (see vice (n.1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating.
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