verb (used with object), pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing.
- pollock, sir frederick,
Origin of pollute
Examples from the Web for polluter
Take the shipping industry—they are just as big a polluter as the airline industry, if not more.
From all time the polluter of a spring has been held accursed.The Naturalist on the Thames|C. J. Cornish
He fought a difficult fight all his life in a world that ignored him, except when it was denouncing him as a polluter of Society.The Art of Letters|Robert Lynd
Word Origin for pollute
1540s, "one who renders unclean or impure," agent noun from pollute (v.). Ecological sense from 1958.
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.