vitiate

vitiate
v. a.
1.
Impair, spoil, deteriorate, debase, deprave, corrupt, pollute, adulterate, injure, contaminate, infect, defile, poison, render defective, make vicious.
2.
Make void, destroy, cause to fail of effect.

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  • vitiate — vi·ti·ate / vi shē ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing: to make ineffective fraud vitiate s a contract Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vitiate — [v1] cancel abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, delete, deny, invalidate, negate, nullify, quash, recant, revoke, undermine, undo; concepts 121,317 Ant. schedule, set up vitiate [v2] hurt, corrupt blemish, blight, brutalize, contaminate …   New thesaurus

  • vitiate — [vish′ē āt΄] vt. vitiated, vitiating [< L vitiatus, pp. of vitiare, to vitiate < vitium,VICE1] 1. to make imperfect, faulty, or impure; spoil; corrupt 2. to weaken morally; debase; pervert 3. to make (a contract, or other legal instrument)… …   English World dictionary

  • vitiate — (v.) 1530s, from L. vitiatus, pp. of vitiare to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt, from vitium fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice (see VICE (Cf. vice) (1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vitiate — *debase, deprave, corrupt, pervert, debauch Analogous words: pollute, defile, taint, *contaminate: degrade, demean, *abase: impair, spoil, *injure, damage: annul, invalidate, *nullify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vitiate — ► VERB formal 1) spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. 2) destroy or impair the legal validity of. ORIGIN Latin vitiare impair …   English terms dictionary

  • vitiate — UK [ˈvɪʃɪeɪt] / US [ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms vitiate : present tense I/you/we/they vitiate he/she/it vitiates present participle vitiating past tense vitiated past participle vitiated very formal to make something less effective or …   English dictionary

  • vitiate — vitiation, n. vitiator, n. /vish ee ayt /, v.t., vitiated, vitiating. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil. 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of. 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert. 4. to make legally defective or invalid;… …   Universalium

  • vitiate — [[t]vɪ̱ʃieɪt[/t]] vitiates, vitiating, vitiated VERB If something is vitiated, its effectiveness is spoiled or weakened. [FORMAL] [be V ed] Strategic policy during the War was vitiated because of a sharp division between easterners and westerners …   English dictionary

  • vitiate — vi•ti•ate [[t]ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2) to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3) to debase; corrupt; pervert 4) law to make legally invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

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