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Meaning of VITIATE

Pronunciation:  'vishee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take away the legal force of or render ineffective; "invalidateas a contract"
  2. [v]  make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
  3. [v]  corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

VITIATE is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, deflower, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, impair, invalidate, mar, misdirect, pervert, profane, spoil, subvert, void
 Antonyms: validate
 See Also: alter, alter, bastardise, bastardize, blemish, carnalise, carnalize, change, change, cloud, corrupt, damage, deface, defile, disfigure, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn, sully, taint, whore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vi"ti*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vitiated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Vitiating}.] [L. vitiatus, p. p. vitiare to vitiate,
fr. vitium a fault, vice. See {Vice} a fault.] [Written also
1. To make vicious, faulty, or imperfect; to render
   defective; to injure the substance or qualities of; to
   impair; to contaminate; to spoil; as, exaggeration
   vitiates a style of writing; sewer gas vitiates the air.

         A will vitiated and growth out of love with the
         truth disposes the understanding to error and
         delusion.                             --South.

         Without care it may be used to vitiate our minds.

         This undistinguishing complaisance will vitiate the
         taste of readers.                     --Garth.

2. To cause to fail of effect, either wholly or in part; to
   make void; to destroy, as the validity or binding force of
   an instrument or transaction; to annul; as, any undue
   influence exerted on a jury vitiates their verdict; fraud
   vitiates a contract.