Pollute Pol*lute", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polluted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polluting}.] [L. pollutus, p. p. of polluere to defile, to pollute, from a prep. appearing only in comp. + luere to wash. See {Position}, {Lave}.] 1. To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to soil; to desecrate; -- used of physical or moral defilement. [1913 Webster]

The land was polluted with blood. --Ps. cvi. 38 [1913 Webster]

Wickedness . . . hath polluted the whole earth. --2 Esd. xv. 6. [1913 Webster]

2. To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor. [1913 Webster]

3. (Jewish Law) To render ceremonially unclean; to disqualify or unfit for sacred use or service, or for social intercourse. [1913 Webster]

Neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die. --Num. xviii. 32. [1913 Webster]

They have polluted themselves with blood. --Lam. iv. 14. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To defile; soil; contaminate; corrupt; taint; vitiate; debauch; dishonor; ravish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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