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Definition of 'defile'


  1. a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
       Synonyms: gorge


  1. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
       Synonyms: sully corrupt taint cloud
  2. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
       Synonyms: tarnish stain maculate sully
  3. spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
       Synonyms: foul befoul maculate

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