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English noun: defile

1. defile (object) a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)


Broader (hypernym)mountain pass, notch, pass

English verb: defile

1. defile (contact) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

SamplesSully someone's reputation.

Synonymscloud, corrupt, sully, taint

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

Broader (hypernym)deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate

2. defile (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.

Synonymsmaculate, stain, sully, tarnish

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

Broader (hypernym)blob, blot, fleck, spot

Narrower (hyponym)darken

3. defile (change) spot, stain, or pollute

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

Synonymsbefoul, foul, maculate

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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