What does vitiate mean?

Definitions for vitiateˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vitiate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate(verb)

    make imperfect

    "nothing marred her beauty"

  3. invalidate, void, vitiate(verb)

    take away the legal force of or render ineffective

    "invalidate a contract"


  1. vitiate(Verb)

    to spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something

  2. vitiate(Verb)

    to debase or morally corrupt

  3. vitiate(Verb)

    to violate, to rape

  4. vitiate(Verb)

    to make something ineffective, to invalidate

  5. Origin: From vitiatus, the perfect passive participle of vitio, from vitium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vitiate(verb)

    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

  2. Vitiate(verb)

    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

  3. Origin: [L. vitiatus, p. p. vitiare to vitiate, fr. vitium a fault, vice. See Vice a fault.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vitiate

    vish′i-āt, v.t. to render faulty or defective: to make less pure: to deprave: to taint—earlier Vi′ciate.—ns. Vitiā′tion; Vi′tiātor; Vitios′ity, state or quality of being vicious. [L. vitiāre, -ātumvitium. See Vice (2).]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vitiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vitiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. California Civil Code, "Maxims of Jurisprudence":

    #3537. Superfluity does not vitiate.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    When a head does not fulfill his commitment to customers or vendors, he only sets the precedent for subordinates to follow it as a system amongst themselves to vitiate own working environment.

  3. W. M. L. Jay:

    Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Privatization of government enterprises can't be a solution to the problem of economic recession and rather it is most likely to further deteriorate the unemployment situation & vitiate the business growth condition.

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Translations for vitiate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • beschädigenGerman
  • viciarSpanish
  • mitätöidä, pilataFinnish
  • bedervenDutch
  • по́ртить, разврати́ть, растлева́ть, растли́ть, развраща́ть, изнаси́ловать, испо́ртить, наси́ловатьRussian
  • vitiateChinese

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