- 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.
Origin of vitiate
Related Words for vitiationabuse, infection, corruption, deterioration, flaw, vulnerability, lapse, lack, fragility, gap, deficiency, shortcoming, frailty, instability, failing, elimination, nullification, dissolution, abrogation, annulment
Examples from the Web for vitiation
Historical Examples of vitiation
The phenomena of puerperal fever originate in a vitiation of the fluids.A System of Midwifery
There is the inefficiency of the syllogism, and also the vitiation produced by its employment.A Logic Of Facts
George Jacob Holyoake
From remote ages it had been numbered among the elements, though considered liable to vitiation or foulness.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
To correct this vitiation, to abolish these disastrous hates and misconceptions, elaborate learning was not needed.The Fruits of Victory
When the atmosphere is vitiated, the oxygenating processes are diminished in ratio to the vitiation.Martyria
Augustus C. Hamlin
- 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
Word Origin for vitiate
Word Origin and History for vitiation
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.
- A change in a process that impairs utility or reduces efficiency.