- made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted: swimming in polluted waters.
- Slang. drunk.
Origin of polluted
- to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty: to pollute the air with smoke.
- to make morally unclean; defile.
- to render ceremonially impure; desecrate: to pollute a house of worship.
- Informal. to render less effective or efficient: The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
Origin of pollute
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Examples from the Web for polluted
Instead, he wanted viewers to grasp that “this spring from which Mother Courage drank death was a polluted one.”Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
“Sometimes I worry what these polluted bodies are doing to the environment, too,” he says.The Mafia Plants Death in Italy’s Land of Mozzarella
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 20, 2014
Has Tomblin been drinking the Tea Party's polluted Kool-Aid?West Virginia Is Just The Beginning For Chemical Spill Disasters
January 13, 2014
The toxins have polluted the groundwater and poisoned the soil.Italy’s Triangle Of Death: Naples Residents Blame Child Cancer Rates On Mob Disposal Of Toxic Chemicals
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 21, 2013
Once known as the most polluted place on earth, the city of Linfen is being held up as bastion of green progress.China’s Chernobyl Cleans Up Its Act
October 25, 2012
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
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
- made unclean or impure; contaminated
- US slang intoxicated; drunk
- to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
- to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
- to desecrate or defile
Word Origin and History for polluted
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.
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.
- To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.
- To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.