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vitiate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to weaken or render something ineffective
  • There was excellent blood in his veins—royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (76% in)
  • Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes—for an Indian, Oriental in their largeness, but Antarctic in their glittering expression—all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (80% in)
  • He burns, too, the purest of oil, in its unmanufactured, and, therefore, unvitiated state; a fluid unknown to solar, lunar, or astral contrivances ashore.
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (5% in)

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