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Definition of defile:

  1. Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass between hills, rocks, etc.
  2. Same as Defilade.
  3. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
  4. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate.
  5. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
  6. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
  7. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
  8. To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
  9. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.

Synonyms:

impose on _or_ oppress, choke off, smutch, grease one's palms, upon, sacred, corrupt, cloud, asperse, profane, religion, becloud, overcast, clog up, malign, injure, damage, dapple, gullet, ruin, clog, obscure, mist, oesophagus, blacken, wrong, begrime, misemploy, buy, choke, aggrieve, vitiate, befog, congest, demoralize, slander, maculate, besoil, foul, revile, calumniate, subvert, befoul, misdirect, esophagus, black, poison, haze over, clean, tarnish, prostitute, sex, sully, harm, bribe, taint, demoralise, mottle, deprave, vituperate, victimize, persecute, pervert, infect, obnubilate, rail at, back up, disgrace, dishonor, gorge, fog.

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