from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce the value or impair the quality of.
- transitive v. To corrupt morally; debase.
- transitive v. To make ineffective; invalidate. See Synonyms at corrupt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something
- v. to debase or morally corrupt
- v. to violate, to rape
- v. to make something ineffective, to invalidate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make vicious, faulty, or imperfect; to render defective; to injure the substance or qualities of; to impair; to contaminate; to spoil
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render vicious, faulty, or imperfect; injure the quality or substance of; cause to be defective; impair; spoil; corrupt: as, a vitiated taste.
- To cause to fail of effect, either in whole or in part; render invalid or of no effect; destroy the validity or binding force of, as of a legal instrument or a transaction; divest of legal value or authority; invalidate: as, any undue influence exerted on a jury vitiates their verdict; fraud vitiates a contact; a court is vitiated by the presence of unqualified persons sitting as members of it.
- Synonyms Pollute, Corrupt, etc. (see taint), debase, deprave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- v. make imperfect
- v. take away the legal force of or render ineffective
Latin vitiāre, vitiāt-, from vitium, fault.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From vitiātus, the perfect passive participle of Latin vitiō ("damage, spoil"), from vitium ("vice"). (Wiktionary)