vitiate

[ vish-ee-eyt ]
/ ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing.

to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
to debase; corrupt; pervert.
to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.

Nearby words

  1. vitellogenic,
  2. vitellointestinal cyst,
  3. vitellus,
  4. viti levu,
  5. vitiable,
  6. vitiation,
  7. viticetum,
  8. viticulture,
  9. vitiliginous,
  10. vitiligo

Origin of vitiate

1525–35; < Latin vitiātus, past participle of vitiāre to spoil, derivative of vitium blemish, vice1 + -ātus -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedameliorate obviate vitiate

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British Dictionary definitions for vitiate

vitiate

/ (ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to make faulty or imperfect
to debase, pervert, or corrupt
to destroy the force or legal effect of (a deed, etc)to vitiate a contract
Derived Formsvitiable, adjectivevitiation, nounvitiator, noun

Word Origin for vitiate

C16: from Latin vitiāre to injure, from vitium a fault

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Word Origin and History for vitiate

vitiate

v.

1530s, from Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare "to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt," from vitium "fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice" (see vice (n.1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating.

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