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They defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.
  to dirty the beauty or purity of something — such as:
  • a pristine lake
  • a reputation or good name
  • something sacred
  • a person’s virginity
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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.
  • Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.
    Leviticus 18:29 (NIV)
  • When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee,
    Shakespeare  --  King Lear

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  • Since the Humans came into the land, felling forests and defiling streams, the Dryads and Naiads have sunk into a deep sleep.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • She weeps when she looks down the long dreary vista of time and beholds in horror the spectacle of Limerick boys defiling themselves, polluting themselves, interfering with themselves, abusing themselves, soiling their young bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Ghost.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He would have them know this country was at war, that while our boys—our brothers and sons—were fighting and dying for us, someone directed an obscene act of defilement at them, an act the perpetrator of which was beneath contempt.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • There’s just me and the asphalt river cutting through a defile of half-naked trees, their leaves crinkled and clinging desperately to their dark branches.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • They believed that as Muslims they would be defiled by drinking with her.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • He waits for Neumann Two to come around the truck and say something crass, to spoil it, but he doesn’t, and neither does Bernd, maybe they don’t see her at all, maybe this one pure thing will escape their defilement, and the girl sings as she swings, a high song that Werner recognizes, a counting song that girls jumping rope in the alley behind Children’s House used to sing, Eins, zwei, Polizei, drei, vier, Offizier, and how he would like to join her, push her higher and higher,
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • Tall columns of white smoke, graceful and almost feminine, rose like false gods on the horizon, and from my boat they were salacious and impure reminders of the absolute insistence of man that he defile all that he touches.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Despite her own actual blamelessness, she had felt dirtied, defiled by her association with her father in his last obsessed year, and with his atrocious pamphlet, and so her brief relationship with this consecrated sister and her brother had brought her moments of cleansing grace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Now she was a slaughtered corpse, defiled, possibly raped on her wedding night.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The eagerly awaited food promised for Parcel Day arrives spoiled and defiled by rodents.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The boys chose their way through defiles and over heaps of sharp stone.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • It’s amazing how quickly he can defile a space.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They seemed to realize the impossibility of touching TAR without being defiled.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "That’s my sister you’re defiling there, you know," he said, moving his black gaze to Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Not as love, but as defilement.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is my mind and soul that he has tortured and defiled.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • How dare you enter this sacred place, you defiler?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The train entered the defiles of the Sutpour Mountains, which separate the Khandeish from Bundelcund, towards evening.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Would not the people start up in their seats, by a simultaneous impulse, and tear him down out of the pulpit which he defiled?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • So now they and their church found it necessary to deny any other sect its freedom, lest their New Jerusalem be defiled and corrupted by wrong ways and deceitful ideas.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Come, recreant; come, thou child; I’ll whip thee with a rod: he is defiled That draws a sword on thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Pushing heavy cannon up mountain defiles, the elephant’s brow is majestic.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At midday the Russian baggage train, the artillery, and columns of troops were defiling through the town of Enns on both sides of the bridge.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He drew up his pistol, examined it, pointed it towards that point in the defile where the first man would appear.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Like maggots they had swarmed defilingly over the mystery of Linda’s death.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Davis Gulch is a small watershed by any measure, but a lovely one, and travelers through this dry, hard country have for centuries relied on the oasis that exists at the bottom of the slotlike defile.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Looking around for a cloth to wrap around the tip of the iron pole, he saw nothing except the altar’s linen mantle, which he refused to defile.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • You have produced a defilement.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • A feeling that the beloved walls had been defiled rose in her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In the meantime d’Artagnan was defiling with his company.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In brief, know that all were clerks, and great men of letters, and of great fame, defiled in the world with one same sin.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I only desired he would lend me two clean shirts, which, having been washed since he wore them, I believed would not so much defile me.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "Go defile thyself," Primitivo said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Does it mean, start to finish, an act of defilement, pure physicality, no choice but yes, no stopping now, no holds barred, everything off, nothing left to chance, all the way in?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • And when she was with Janie she had a feeling of transmutation, as if she herself had become whiter and with straighter hair and she hated Tea Cake first for his defilement of divinity and next for his telling mockery of her.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Would you have them defile an honorable weapon?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • To love her for her vices is to defile all virtue for her sake-and that is a real tribute of love, because you sacrifice your conscience, your reason, your integrity and your invaluable self-esteem.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She drove them into nightmare, till they wheezed and neighed as though with jaws no longer theirs, while blood defiled their meat, and blurring tears flooded their eyes, heart-sore with woe to come.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Never, no matter what the circumstance, must he dare to bite the god who was lord and master over him; the body of the lord and master was sacred, not to be defiled by the teeth of such as he.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • With it he washed clean the stones that Wormtongue had defiled.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Then La Beresina, then Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Wachau, Leipzig, and the defiles of Gelenhausen; then Montmirail, Chateau-Thierry, Craon, the banks of the Marne, the banks of the Aisne, and the redoubtable position of Laon.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mark the high noises; and thyself bewray, When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee, In thy just proof repeals and reconciles thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Ye say well, said Arthur; now assay ye all my barons; but beware ye be not defiled with shame, treachery, nor guile.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Even when he hunts Hektor down in Book XXII, his anger does not abate and he persists, against all standards of civilized warfare, in defiling the corpse.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He met us hard by, in our outward march to ambush his advance, and scattered us, like driven deer, through the defile, to the shores of Horican.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
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