Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of defiling, or the state of being defiled; foulness; uncleanness; impurity.
- n. Corruption of morals, principles, or conduct; impurity; pollution by vice or sin.
- n. In fortification, same as defilading.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) The protection of the interior walls of a fortification from an enfilading fire, as by covering them, or by a high parapet on the exposed side.
- n. The act of defiling, or state of being defiled, whether physically or morally; pollution; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness.
- n. the state of being polluted
“This necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.”
“In Buddhist terms this necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.”
“The apostle takes this for granted: Seeing you have, &c. To purify the soul supposes some great uncleanness and defilement which had polluted it, and that this defilement is removed.”
“In fact, I plan on doing a lot of so-called defilement right away.”
“Ignorance, the essence of which consists in believing in the distinction between subject and object, is also called defilement and the highest truth passes through various stages of defilement ending with that where under the influence of egoism and passion the external world of particulars is believed to be everything.”
“Few Japanese of the better classes have ever visited such a village; and even the poorest of the common people shun the place as they would shun a centre of contagion; for the idea of defilement, both moral and physical, is still attached to the very name of its inhabitants.”
“On the contrary, it is a compound of deformity and defilement, that is always attended with punishment and misery: and must, therefore, be the object of my hatred and abhorrence, wheresoever I find it.”
“Section 129 of the Ugandan penal code provides that 'any person who performs a sexual act with another person who is below the age of 18 years, commits a felony known as defilement and is on conviction liable to life imprisonment.”
“Second, Bromion's stereotyping encourages Theotormon to reject Oothoon's freely proffered love as a manifestation of harlotry and "defilement," a rejection that drives her almost to despair.”
“What is this "defilement" of the world in which these souls have been imprisoned?”
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