from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter. See Synonyms at contaminate.
- transitive v. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors: The stadium lights polluted the sky around the observatory.
- transitive v. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt.
- transitive v. To make ceremonially impure; profane: "Churches and altars were polluted by atrocious murders” ( Edward Gibbon).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted product.
- v. To make something or somewhere less suitable for some activity, especially by the introduction of some unnatural factor.
- v. To corrupt or profane
- adj. Polluted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to soil; to desecrate; -- used of physical or moral defilement.
- transitive v. To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor.
- transitive v. To render ceremonially unclean; to disqualify or unfit for sacred use or service, or for social intercourse.
- adj. Polluted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make foul or unclean; render impure; defile; soil; taint.
- To corrupt or defile in a moral sense; destroy the perfection or purity of; impair; profane.
- Specifically, to render legally or ceremonially unclean, so as to be unfit for sacred services or uses.
- To violate sexually; debauch or dishonor.
- Polluted; defiled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make impure
Middle English polluten, from Latin polluere, pollūt-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English polluten, from Latin pollūtum, from pollūtus ("no longer virgin", "unchaste"), perfect passive participle of polluō ("soil", "defile", "dishonor"). (Wiktionary)