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Definition 1: a narrow pass (especially one between mountains) - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for defile in the sense of this definition

(defile is a kind of ...) the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

"we got through the pass before it started to snow"

Definition 2: spot, stain, or pollute - [verb of change]

Samples where defile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it

Synonyms for defile in the sense of this definition

(defile is a kind of ...) bring shame or dishonor upon

"he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

Definition 3: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where defile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man

Synonyms for defile in the sense of this definition

(defile is a kind of ...) make a spot or mark onto

"The wine spotted the tablecloth"

(... is a kind of defile ) tarnish or stain

"a scandal that darkened the family's good name"

Definition 4: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon - [verb of contact]

Samples where defile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sully someone's reputation

Synonyms for defile in the sense of this definition

(defile is a kind of ...) make imperfect

"nothing marred her beauty"

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