Textual thesaurus for "defile"

(noun) gorge

a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)

(verb) foul, maculate, befoul

spot, stain, or pollute

The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it

(verb) maculate, tarnish, sully, stain

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

(verb) corrupt, sully, taint, cloud

place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

sully someone's reputation