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  • Once in power, he worked to vitiate the Democratic process.
  • When everyone else has lost interest, the regulated companies continue to work to vitiate or even direct the regulating agency.
  • It is deplorable to see how completely his past life has degenerated his once noble constitution, and vitiated the whole system of his organization.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Casting her vitiated the role.

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  • There was excellent blood in his veins—royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’Unless air is incessantly renewed it becomes vitiated,’ I said, ’and fatal to those who breathe it.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • His endless muttering monologue vitiated every effort I made to think out a line of action, and drove me at times, thus pent up and intensified, almost to the verge of craziness.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • As he possessed no higher attribute, and neither sacrificed nor vitiated any spiritual endowment by devoting all his energies and ingenuities to subserve the delight and profit of his maw, it always pleased and satisfied me to hear him expatiate on fish, poultry, and butcher’s meat, and the most eligible methods of preparing them for the table.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The slaveholder’s sons are, of course, vitiated, even while boys, by the unclean influences every where around them.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Now we know only a few laws, and our result is vitiated, not, of course, by any confusion or irregularity in Nature, but by our ignorance of essential elements in the calculation.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • She peeped from the window into the garden, and felt herself more regretful at leaving this spot of black earth, vitiated with such an age-long growth of weeds, than joyful at the idea of again scenting her pine forests and fresh clover-fields.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • —and indeed by what thinness, at the best, would such a subject not be vitiated?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She would not voluntarily give unnecessary pain to any one, and though I may deceive myself, I cannot but think that for me, for my feelings, she would—Hers are faults of principle, Fanny; of blunted delicacy and a corrupted, vitiated mind.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He stirred up in the depths of his heart all his hatred, all his malevolence; and, with the cold glance of a physician who examines a patient, he recognized the fact that this malevolence was nothing but vitiated love; that love, that source of every virtue in man, turned to horrible things in the heart of a priest, and that a man constituted like himself, in making himself a priest, made himself a demon.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …the Lord God heard, without delay To judgement he proceeded on the accused Serpent, though brute; unable to transfer The guilt on him, who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation; justly then accursed, As vitiated in nature: More to know Concerned not Man, (since he no further knew) Nor altered his offence; yet God at last To Satan first in sin his doom applied, Though in mysterious terms, judged as then best: And on the Serpent thus his curse let…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There were ladies in search of necklaces, and men, it seemed to Kim—but his mind may have been vitiated by early training—in search of the ladies; natives from independent and feudatory Courts whose ostensible business was the repair of broken necklaces—rivers of light poured out upon the table—but whose true end seemed to be to raise money for angry Maharanees or young Rajahs.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • …be reckoned among pleasures; for though these things may create some tickling in the senses (which seems to be a true notion of pleasure), yet they imagine that this does not arise from the thing itself, but from a depraved custom, which may so vitiate a man’s taste that bitter things may pass for sweet, as women with child think pitch or tallow taste sweeter than honey; but as a man’s sense, when corrupted either by a disease or some ill habit, does not change the nature of other…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Yet the least defect of self-possession vitiates, in my judgment, the entire relation.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • —and indeed by what thinness, at the best, would such a subject not be vitiated?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The author and the public at once vitiate one another.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The musical comedy was good, but the almost unbearable heat and the vitiated air spoiled her enjoyment.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The flare of light vitiated the air, heated it, but seemed to the child’s sick sense to illuminate nothing.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The fact that no one had ever determined which estate it was, or whom it was assigned to, did not vitiate the all too acceptable rumors.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "The vernacular tongue of the country," said Daniel Webster, "has become greatly vitiated, depraved and corrupted by the style of the congressional debates."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The desert regeneration had not stopped at turning weak lungs, vitiated blood, and flaccid muscles into a powerful man; it was at work on his mind, his heart, his soul.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • If the periods be separated by short intervals, the measures to be reviewed and rectified will have been of recent date, and will be connected with all the circumstances which tend to vitiate and pervert the result of occasional revisions.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • No man can escape this vitiating effect of an offence against his own sentiment of right, and the effect was the stronger in Arthur because of that very need of self-respect which, while his conscience was still at ease, was one of his best safeguards.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • It is clear that the influence of religious belief is shaken, and that the notion of divine rights is declining; it is evident that public morality is vitiated, and the notion of moral rights is also disappearing: these are general symptoms of the substitution of argument for faith, and of calculation for the impulses of sentiment.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It has been shown, that the other confederacies which could be consulted as precedents have been vitiated by the same erroneous principles, and can therefore furnish no other light than that of beacons, which give warning of the course to be shunned, without pointing out that which ought to be pursued.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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