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defile
used in The Fountainhead

3 uses
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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
  • Not as love, but as defilement.
    2.2 — Part 2 Chapter 2 (68% in)
  • 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.
    2.1 — Part 2 Chapter 1 (39% in)
  • He's defiled his own work by the first word you'll utter about it.
    2.5 — Part 2 Chapter 5 (25% in)

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