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defile
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to dirty the beauty or purity of something — such as:
  • a pristine lake
  • a reputation or good name
  • something sacred
  • a person's virginity
  • Would not the people start up in their seats, by a simultaneous impulse, and tear him down out of the pulpit which he defiled?
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (69% in)

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