defile

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See also: defilé, défile, défilé, and defilè

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English defilen (to make dirty), alteration (due to Middle English defoulen, defoilen (to trample, abuse)) of Middle English befilen (to defile, make foul), from Old English befȳlan (to befoul, defile), from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *fūlijaną (to defile, make filthy). Cognate with Dutch bevuilen (to defile, soil). More at be-, file, foul.

Verb[edit]

defile (third-person singular simple present defiles, present participle defiling, simple past and past participle defiled)

  1. (transitive) To make unclean, dirty, or impure; soil; befoul.
    • 1611, “Job 16:15”, in King James Bible:
      I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And defiled my horn in the dust.
    • 1911, The Forerunner, volume 2, page 271:
      “That's only dirt—it will brush off.” But he looked at me with his haggard hopeless eyes and said—— “It is mud. Black, slimy, horrible mud. I am defiled."
  2. (transitive) To vandalize or add inappropriate contents to something considered sacred or special; desecrate
    To pee on someone's grave is an example of a way to defile someone's grave.
  3. (transitive) To deprive or ruin someone's (sexual) purity or chastity, often not consensually; stain; tarnish; mar; rape
    The serial rapist kidnapped and defiled a six-year-old girl.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Earlier defilee, from French défilé, from défiler (to march past), from file (file).

Noun[edit]

defile (plural defiles)

  1. A narrow way or passage, e.g. between mountains.
  2. A single file, such as of soldiers.
  3. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior.
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defile (third-person singular simple present defiles, present participle defiling, simple past and past participle defiled)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To march in a single file.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.138:
      They defiled down a gully to the water and bunched and jerked their noses at it and came back.
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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French défilé.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /defǐleː/
  • Hyphenation: de‧fi‧le

Noun[edit]

defìlē m (Cyrillic spelling дефѝле̄)

  1. march-past

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References[edit]

  • defile” in Hrvatski jezični portal