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vitiate

[ vish-ee-eyt ]
/ ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt /
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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 make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.

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Origin of vitiate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin vitiātus, past participle of vitiāre “to spoil, impair,” derivative of vitium “blemish, defect, fault” + -ātus; see vice1, -ate1

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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 forms of vitiate

vitiable, adjectivevitiation, nounvitiator, noun

Word Origin for vitiate

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