- 1Damage the purity or appearance of; mar or spoil: the land was defiled by a previous ownerMore example sentences
- The corridor was dirty, crimson stains defiling the walls.
- He insists that no one touches Priest, a man of honor, even if he is leading the ‘foreign hordes’ who are defiling this great city.
- We have allowed ourselves to be dirtied, to be defiled; and the worst of it is that we have done this to ourselves.
- 1.1Desecrate or profane (something sacred): the tomb had been defiled and lootedMore example sentences
- He insisted that Jesus - who famously ejected money-changers from a temple for defiling a sacred place - would back him.
- This has not been the case recently, as mindless youths disrespect, desecrate and defile the church and its surrounding area.
- Atalanta and Hippomenes are changed to lions for defiling a sacred shrine.
- 1.2 • archaic Rape or sexually assault (a woman): and the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredomMore example sentences
- From every one talked to it is clear that men that defile girls or rape women have no excuse whatsoever.
- She had been training to become a priestess, when she had been defiled.
- The scoundrels who made their living plundering, murdering those who got in their way, mercilessly defiling women… it was too much for her to bear.
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- And we poets understand why Dante put the defilers of language into the seventh circle of his Hell.
- Still I laughed, imagining the defiler, a disgruntled person with a black felt pen.
- The women reiterated their commitment to fight child labour and urged Government to implement stiffer penalties for child defilers.
late Middle English: alteration of obsolete defoul, from Old French defouler 'trample down', influenced by obsolete befile 'befoul, defile'.
- A steep-sided narrow gorge or passage (originally one requiring troops to march in single file): the twisting track wormed its way up a defile to level groundMore example sentences
- In setting up fire pockets, an advantageous front line configuration is chosen, in gaps between strongholds, approaches to commanding heights, choke points, defiles, valleys, gorges, etc.
- When fighting in the depths of enemy defenses the pressing sub-units concentrate on routing the enemy units defending roads and directions, defiles, narrow roads, and settlements.
- Tanks, AT guns, and AT rocket launchers are commonly used at strong-points by troops defending road junctions, exits from valleys, gorges, tunnels, defiles, and crossings over mountain rivers.
verb[no object, with adverbial of direction] • archaic Back to top
late 17th century: from French défilé (noun), défiler (verb), from dé 'away from' + file 'column, file'.