defecate

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Etymology[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre (to purify), from de- and faex (dreg, impurity).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt/, /ˈdɛfəkeɪt/
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Verb[edit]

defecate (third-person singular simple present defecates, present participle defecating, simple past and past participle defecated)

  1. (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
    • Boyle
      to defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p.224:
      Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
  2. (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
  3. (intransitive) To empty one's bowels of feces.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The sense 'to purify' is rare in contrast to the common mean to empty bowels.

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Adjective[edit]

defecate (comparative more defecate, superlative most defecate)

  1. (obsolete) Freed from pollutants, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
    • Bates
      Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

defecate

  1. second-person plural present tense and imperative of defecare.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēfecāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēfecō