Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun defile

1 sense of defile

Sense 1
defile, gorge -- (a narrow pass (especially one between mountains))
       => pass, mountain pass, notch -- (the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb defile

3 senses of defile

Sense 1
defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud -- (place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation")
       => mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate -- (make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty")

Sense 2
tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile -- (make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man")
       => spot, fleck, blob, blot -- (make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth")

Sense 3
foul, befoul, defile, maculate -- (spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it")
       => dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shame -- (bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime")

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