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defile
used in King Lear

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Definition
to spoil the beauty or purity of something
in various senses, including:
  • pollute a pristine lake
  • harm a reputation or good name
  • damage or disrespect something sacred
  • take a person's virginity in a disrespectful way
  • Mark the high noises; and thyself bewray, When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee, In thy just proof repeals and reconciles thee.
    3.6 — Act 3 Scene 6 — A Chamber in a Farmhouse adjoining the Castle (97% in)

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