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The Scarlet Letter
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defile -- as in: it was defiled
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • Would not the people start up in their seats, by a simultaneous impulse, and tear him down out of the pulpit which he defiled?

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  • They defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.
  • He believes any non-Muslim in Saudi Arabia defiles the holy land.

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