• (British, GA) IPA: /ˈvɪʃ.i.eɪt/
  • (America)

vitiate (vitiates, present participle vitiating; past and past participle vitiated)

  1. (transitive) to spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something
    • 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "An Address delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday evening, 15 July, 1838":
      The least admixture of a lie, -- for example, the taint of vanity, the least attempt to make a good impression, a favorable appearance, -- will instantly vitiate the effect.
  2. (transitive) to debase or morally corrupt
  3. (transitive, archaic) to violate, to rape
  4. (transitive) to make something ineffective, to invalidate
Related terms
  • See vice#Related_terms
Translations Translations
  • German: verderben
  • Russian: развраща́ть
  • Russian: наси́ловать

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