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  • n  a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
  • v  place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  • v  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
  • v  spot, stain, or pollute
    The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it

  • To defile public property by painting graffiti on it is illegal and will probably get you arrested.
  • The arrested youth said that he triggered the device in retaliation against the defiling of the place of worship.
  • At private BNP rallies, Griffin, convicted in 1998 of incitement to racial hatred, warns adherents that Muslim men are plotting to defile underage British girls, peppering his .

  • President Bush in USA Today
    Today the world saw with horror the attacks on innocent people in Jordan by killers who defile a great religion,Bush said.
  • Anna Bligh in The Age
    To defile the King would once have had the perpetrator in the stocks, but for Wally and all proud Queenslanders we know that this cheap stunt won't dent our pride,Ms Bligh said. "But I think it takes sporting rivalry one step too far into...
  • the Apostle Paul in
    The apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 3:16-17, "Know you now that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you...

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