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defile -- as in: it was defiled
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The Fountainhead
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  • Not as love, but as defilement.
  • He’s defiled his own work by the first word you’ll utter about it.
  • She caught her breath at times from the sudden feeling that something magnificent and deadly would meet her beyond the next turn of the road; she could give no identity to what she expected, she could not say whether it was a sight, a person or an event; she knew only its quality—the sensation of a defiling pleasure.

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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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