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English adjective: maculate

1. maculate morally blemished; stained or impure




2. maculate spotted or blotched

Similardirty, soiled, unclean


English verb: maculate

1. maculate (contact) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

SamplesThe silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man.

Synonymsdefile, stain, sully, tarnish

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blob, blot, fleck, spot

Narrower (hyponym)darken

2. maculate (change) spot, stain, or pollute

SamplesThe townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.

Synonymsbefoul, defile, foul

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame

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