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Definition 1: spot, stain, or pollute - [verb of change]

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

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

Synonyms for maculate in the sense of this definition

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

"he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

Definition 2: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where maculate 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 maculate in the sense of this definition

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

"The wine spotted the tablecloth"

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

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

Definition 3: spotted or blotched - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(maculate is similar to ...) soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

"dirty unswept sidewalks" "a child in dirty overalls" "dirty slums" "piles of dirty dishes" "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet" "wore an unclean shirt" "mining is a dirty job" "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

Definition 4: morally blemished; stained or impure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for maculate in the sense of this definition

(maculate is similar to ...) (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene

"impure thoughts"

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