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English verb: vitiate

1. vitiate (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.

Synonymscorrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert

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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

2. vitiate (change) make imperfect

SamplesNothing marred her beauty.

Synonymsdeflower, impair, mar, spoil

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

Broader (hypernym)damage

Narrower (hyponym)blemish, cloud, corrupt, deface, defile, disfigure, sully, taint

3. vitiate (change) take away the legal force of or render ineffective

SamplesInvalidate a contract.

Synonymsinvalidate, void

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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


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