Origin of pollution
Related Wordsabuse, infection, corruption, deterioration, desecration, defilement, taint, profanation, misuse, decomposition, adulteration, blight, uncleanness, foulness, impairment, impurity, rottenness, vitiation, spoliation
Examples from the Web for pollution
No one really argues with the massive amount of pollution and toxins.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
States and utility companies will have a range of options for meeting the pollution reduction targets.EPA’s New Regulations to Cut Carbon Emissions Are Obamacare for the Air
June 2, 2014
The pollution that 1970s environmentalism targeted was also more concrete.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical
April 26, 2014
Fisheries, already stressed by pollution and over-harvesting, will now confront warming and acidification.Climate Change Needs the Politics of the Impossible
April 6, 2014
Public health officials point to pollution in the air, never pointing out the pollution in the gut.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
And its incorporation is by no means equivalent to the pollution of epic.An Essay on Satire, Particularly on the Dunciad
Mere contact with an unbaptized person was considered a pollution.Roman Catholicism in Spain
But to learn any other language was pollution to a Jew, to teach a Jew any other was pollution to a Christian.Dreamers of the Ghetto
To protect properly a well from gross pollution, two precautions should be observed.
Limestone is even more dangerous if any pollution exists in the vicinity.
- the act of polluting or the state of being polluted
- harmful or poisonous substances introduced into an environment
Word Origin and History for pollution
mid-14c., "discharge of semen other than during sex," later, "desecration, defilement" (late 14c.), from Late Latin pollutionem (nominative pollutio) "defilement," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin polluere "to soil, defile, contaminate," from por- "before" + -luere "smear," from PIE root *leu- "dirt; make dirty" (cf. Latin lutum "mud, mire, clay," lues "filth;" Greek lyma "filth, dirt, disgrace," lymax "rubbish, refuse;" Old Irish loth "mud, dirt;" Lithuanian lutynas "pool, puddle"). Sense of "contamination of the environment" first recorded c.1860, but not common until c.1955.
- The act or process of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of soil, water, or the atmosphere by the discharge of harmful substances.
- A pollutant or group of pollutants.
- The contamination of air, water, or soil by substances that are harmful to living organisms. Pollution can occur naturally, for example through volcanic eruptions, or as the result of human activities, such as the spilling of oil or disposal of industrial waste.♦ Light from cities and towns at night that interferes with astronomical observations is known as light pollution. It can also disturb natural rhythms of growth in plants and other organisms.♦ Continuous noise that is loud enough to be annoying or physically harmful is known as noise pollution.♦ Heat from hot water that is discharged from a factory into a river or lake, where it can kill or endanger aquatic life, is known as thermal pollution.