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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
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British Dictionary definitions for unpolluted


  1. not affected or contaminated by pollution
  2. untainted; pureunpolluted by the corruption of Europe


  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated
  2. US slang intoxicated; drunk
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Word Origin and History for unpolluted



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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