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  1. a stain.
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Origin of soilure

1250–1300; Middle English soylure < Old French soilleure, equivalent to soill(ier) (see soil2) + -eure (< Latin -ātūra; see -ate1, -ure)
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Historical Examples of soilure

  • Must I dip again into the soilure and abomination of that awful time?

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti

  • I do not recall any soilure on Gothic garments, save spectral blood-stains and the mold of graves.

  • The soilure of the earth upon it could not make his splendid little face funny.

  • In another corner Sylvia spat forth the unclean blood and wiped from her lips the soilure of the kisses.

British Dictionary definitions for soilure


noun archaic
  1. the act of soiling or the state of being soiled
  2. a stain or blot
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Word Origin for soilure

C13: from Old French soilleure, from soillier to soil ²
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