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defile -- as in: it was defiled
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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  • They would defile it, and make it shameful.
  • A long line of boys carrying crates of striped tulips, and of yellow and red roses, defiled in front of him, threading their way through the huge jade-green piles of vegetables.

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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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