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Moral ImplicationsPlay
Using 'defile' suggests a strong moral judgment about the action. SlideThe company's illegal dumping has defiled the once pristine lake.
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Gravity of ActionPlay
'Defile' indicates an action that seriously harms purity or cleanliness. SlideThe graffiti artist defiled the monument with vulgar images.
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Not Physical OnlyPlay
While often physical, 'defile' can refer to intangible things like honor or air quality. SlideThe politician's lies defiled the dignity of the office.