Defile

Definition of Defile

De`file´   Pronunciation: dė`fīl´ or dē´fīl; 277
v. i.1.To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
[imp. & p. p. Defiled (dė*fīld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defiling.]
v. t.1.(Mil.) Same as Defilade.
n.1.Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass between hills, rocks, etc.
2.(Mil.) The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
v. t.1.To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
They that touch pitch will be defiled.
- Shak.
2.To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
He is . . . among the greatest prelates of this age, however his character may be defiled by . . . dirty hands.
- Swift.
3.To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt.
- Ezek. xx. 7.
4.To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate; to rape.
The husband murder'd and the wife defiled.
- Prior.
5.To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile therewith.
- Lev. xxii. 8.

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