Synonyms for defile
- make foul
- mess up
- muck up
- scuzz up
Antonyms for defile
- turn off
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEFILE
They thought of the Earth as their mother and would not put anything into it to defile it.
The Amandara defile was occupied on both sides by the enemy.
An Ohio regiment, which can also deal with Slade if it catches him, will defile to the left.
From north to south there is just one highway, so narrow that it is really a defile.
At last it throws its coldling, shining ray on a defile and rests there.
I felt that to seek her presence would be almost to defile her.
In the course of this the Acarnanians attacked him in a defile.
He dashed into the shelter of the defile, a grim smile playing on his lips.
All was in darkness towards that part of the city near the defile.
The troops will defile by the Namur gate, and meet me there in an hour.
c.1400, "to desecrate, profane;" mid-15c., "to make foul or dirty," alteration of earlier defoulen, from Old French defouler "trample down, violate," also "ill-treat, dishonor," from de- "down" (see de-) + foler "to tread," from Latin fullo "person who cleans and thickens cloth by stamping on it" (see foil (v.)).
The alteration (or re-formation) in English is from influence of Middle English filen (v.) "to render foul; make unclean or impure," literal and figurative, from Old English fylen (trans.), related to Old English fulian (intrans.) "to become foul, rot," from the source of foul (adj.). Cf. befoul, which also had a parallel form befilen. Related: Defiled; defiling.