Definitions for vitiateˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vi•ti•ateˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
to debase; corrupt; pervert.
to make legally invalid; invalidate:
to vitiate a claim.
Origin of vitiate:
1525–35; < L vitiātus, ptp. of vitiāre to spoil, der. of vitium blemish, vice1
corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect(verb)
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
"debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate(verb)
"nothing marred her beauty"
invalidate, void, vitiate(verb)
take away the legal force of or render ineffective
"invalidate a contract"
to spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something
to debase or morally corrupt
to violate, to rape
to make something ineffective, to invalidate
Origin: From vitiatus, the perfect passive participle of vitio, from vitium.
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
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