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(past & past part. vitiated; pres. part. vitiating)  (Written also viciate)
Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality.  Synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert.  "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men" , "Do school counselors subvert young children?" , "Corrupt the morals"
Make imperfect.  Synonyms: deflower, impair, mar, spoil.
Take away the legal force of or render ineffective.  Synonyms: invalidate, void.

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"Vitiate" Quotes from Famous Books

... double exception—viz. to the adoption of the new rule at the trial, and then to the operation of the new rule before the court of error, which must then hold that a single bad, or a dozen bad counts, will not vitiate a general judgment, if sustained by one good count! Does not all this suffice to show the desperate shifts to which even two such distinguished judges are driven, in order to support the new rule, and conceal its impracticability? Then why should the old lamp ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844 • Various

... the course of practical work and shaped itself day by day unconsciously. It might be charged, nevertheless, that I was all the time, whether consciously or unconsciously, simply reading my Theology into my Science. And as this would hopelessly vitiate the conclusions arrived at, I must acquit myself at least of the intention. Of nothing have I been more fearful throughout than of making Nature parallel with my own or with any creed. The only legitimate questions one dare put to Nature are those which concern universal human ...
— Natural Law in the Spiritual World • Henry Drummond

Words linked to "Vitiate" :   deprave, cloud, taint, bastardize, alter, deface, debauch, change, sensualize, vitiation, suborn, disfigure, demoralise, bastardise, carnalise, sensualise, poison, infect, blemish, defile, lead astray, modify, validate, carnalize, damage, sully, lead off

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