Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of defiling, or the state of being defiled; foulness; uncleanness; impurity.
  • noun Corruption of morals, principles, or conduct; impurity; pollution by vice or sin.
  • noun In fortification, same as defilading.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of defiling, or state of being defiled, whether physically or morally; pollution; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of defiling.
  • noun The state of being defiled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being polluted

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Examples

  • This necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • This necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • This necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • This necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • In Buddhist terms this necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • In Buddhist terms this necessity of alternation is called the defilement of apprehending the two truths as if they were different entities.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • In fact, I plan on doing a lot of so-called defilement right away.

    Acorna's Rebels

  • 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.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 2

  • 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.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

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