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polluted

[puh-loo-tid]
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adjective
  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted: swimming in polluted waters.
  2. Slang. drunk.
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Origin of polluted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pollute, -ed2
Related formspol·lut·ed·ness, nounun·pol·lut·ed, adjective

pollute

[puh-loot]
verb (used with object), pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing.
  1. to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty: to pollute the air with smoke.
  2. to make morally unclean; defile.
  3. to render ceremonially impure; desecrate: to pollute a house of worship.
  4. Informal. to render less effective or efficient: The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
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Origin of pollute

1325–75; Middle English polute < Latin pollūtus past participle of polluere to soil, defile, equivalent to pol-, assimilated variant of por- (see pollicitation; here marking the action as complete) + -lū- base of -luere (akin to lutum mud, dirt, lustrum muddy place) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formspol·lut·er, nounpol·lu·tive, adjectivenon·pol·lut·ing, adjectiveun·pol·lut·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. soil, befoul. 2. taint, contaminate, vitiate, corrupt, debase, deprave.

Antonyms

1, 2. purify.
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Examples from the Web for polluted

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  • He worships every handsome woman, who will allow herself to be polluted by his incense.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • It sheared off heads so many, that it, and the ground it most polluted, were a rotten red.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • We do not say that art should be despised by the novelist; we only contend that it should not be polluted.

  • This, it is said, is an effective arrangement for drawing off the polluted air of a room.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • But heresies have polluted every church, and schisms are the fruit of disputation.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for polluted

polluted

adjective
  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated
  2. US slang intoxicated; drunk
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pollute

verb (tr)
  1. to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
  2. to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
  3. to desecrate or defile
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Derived Formspolluter, noun

Word Origin

C14 polute, from Latin polluere to defile
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Word Origin and History for polluted

adj.

c.1400, "rendered impure or unclean," past participle adjective from pollute (v.). Meaning "drunk" is from 1912, American English slang; ecological sense is from 1888.

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pollute

v.

late 14c., "to defile," a back formation from pollution, or else from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere "to defile, pollute, contaminate." Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning "make physically foul" is from 1540s; specific sense "contaminate the environment" emerged from late 19c.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

polluted in Medicine

pollute

(pə-lōōt)
v.
  1. To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.
  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.
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Related formspol•luter n.
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