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Multiple Meanings
defile — as in:  it was defiled

They defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.
to dirty the beauty or purity of something — such as:
  • a pristine lake
  • a reputation or good name
  • something sacred
  • a person’s virginity

More rarely (but not uncommon in classic literature), defile can refer to a narrow valley or a march or passage through one.
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