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And its incorporation is by no means equivalent to the pollution of epic.

Mere contact with an unbaptized person was considered a pollution.

But to learn any other language was pollution to a Jew, to teach a Jew any other was pollution to a Christian.

To protect properly a well from gross pollution, two precautions should be observed.

Limestone is even more dangerous if any pollution exists in the vicinity.

Am I to try and cleanse my heart of this love, as if it were some pollution?

Our worries about pollution of earth, oceans, and skies are not religious in nature.

And yet the source of all this pollution and death is moderate drinking.

Let them look at the poor inebriate wallowing in his pollution.

The Alemanni were treated as outcasts, whose very presence was pollution.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "discharge of semen other than during sex," later, "desecration, defilement" (late 14c.), from Late Latin pollutionem (nominative pollutio) "defilement," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin polluere "to soil, defile, contaminate," from por- "before" + -luere "smear," from PIE root *leu- "dirt; make dirty" (cf. Latin lutum "mud, mire, clay," lues "filth;" Greek lyma "filth, dirt, disgrace," lymax "rubbish, refuse;" Old Irish loth "mud, dirt;" Lithuanian lutynas "pool, puddle"). Sense of "contamination of the environment" first recorded c.1860, but not common until c.1955.

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