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Then Alexander's Feast—the little harpies have been at that too, and it is defiled.

But if he had defiled it, might not Hermione have been the subject of a great revulsion?

Yes, my husband who has defiled me as no other on earth could have soiled and degraded me!

They have sacked it, defiled it, destroyed it; but what does that matter!

If we had gone in, those vessels and the water in them would have been defiled.

After she had seen him shoot at Spurling he had avoided her, lest by contact with him she should be defiled.

He also loathed the betting element that defiled the Soccer game.

His delicate conception of his dignity was defiled by a degrading experience.

At the Amarante gate, where the French defiled, the carnage was also great.

I have been defiled, and if not defiled I may be under the spell.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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