defecate

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

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

  1. (intransitive) To expel feces from one's bowels.
  2. (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
    • Boyle
      to defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York 2001, p.224:
      Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
  3. (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.

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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.

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defecate

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

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dēfecāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēfecō