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vitiate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Vitiate  \Vi"ti*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Vitiated};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Vitiating}.]  [L.  vitiatus  p.  p.  vitiare  to  vitiate, 
  fr  vitium  a  fault,  vice.  See  {Vice}  a  fault.]  [Written  also 
  {viciate}.] 
  1.  To  make  vicious,  faulty,  or  imperfect;  to  render 
  defective;  to  injure  the  substance  or  qualities  of  to 
  impair;  to  contaminate;  to  spoil;  as  exaggeration 
  vitiates  a  style  of  writing;  sewer  gas  vitiates  the  air. 
 
  A  will  vitiated  and  growth  out  of  love  with  the 
  truth  disposes  the  understanding  to  error  and 
  delusion.  --South. 
 
  Without  care  it  may  be  used  to  vitiate  our  minds. 
  --Burke. 
 
  This  undistinguishing  complaisance  will  vitiate  the 
  taste  of  readers.  --Garth. 
 
  2.  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;  as  any  undue 
  influence  exerted  on  a  jury  vitiates  their  verdict;  fraud 
  vitiates  a  contract. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  vitiate 
  v  1:  corrupt  morally  [syn:  {corrupt},  {pervert},  {demoralize},  {debauch}, 
  {debase},  {profane},  {deprave},  {misdirect}] 
  2:  make  imperfect;  "nothing  marred  her  beauty"  [syn:  {mar},  {impair}, 
  {spoil},  {deflower}] 
  3:  take  away  the  legal  force  of  or  render  ineffective; 
  "invalidateas  a  contract"  [syn:  {invalidate},  {void}] 
  [ant:  {validate}] 




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