1. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man
    The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  2. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    sully someone's reputation
  3. spot, stain, or pollute
    The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it
  1. a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
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How To Use defile In A Sentence

  • In Katine sub-county we hear about rape, defilement and child abuse, mostly of girls.
  • Around his neck he wore his white robe, the bottom of which was stained red by the blood that now defiled the sacred hall's floor.
  • Sanctification, so far as it relates to the removal of spiritual defilement, is illustrated; and that man cannot purge himself from his natural pravity is proved, iv. Pneumatologia
  • Are these textiles Baroque draperies, shrouds or the curtains of a luxurious four-poster bed defiled and destroyed?
  • Instead, all the clifty defiles of the ranges were filled with the roar of flames and the crackling of burning timbers as town after town was given to the firebrand, and the homeless, helpless Cherokees frantically fleeing to the densest coverts of the wilderness, -- that powerful truculent tribe! The Frontiersmen
  • Why'd you have to come here and... "the contempt deepened"... and... defile everything? GALILEE
  • learn to speak pure English undefiled
  • The defile itself continues but you, unless you are hardy and ambitious, do not.
  • And she called the undefiled daughters of the Hebrews, and they led (attended her). Word from the Desert
  • A jagged chasm ran across the cavern, and on the other side of the defile was a writhing sea of furred flesh and sharp teeth. Curse of the Shadowmage
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