foul, befoul, defile, maculate

(verb) spot, stain, or pollute; “The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



befoul (third-person singular simple present befouls, present participle befouling, simple past and past participle befouled)

To make foul; to soil; to contaminate, pollute.

(specifically) To defecate on, to soil with excrement.

(figuratively) To stain or mar (for example with infamy or disgrace).

To entangle or run against so as to impede motion.


• (stain or mar): besmirch, sully, tarnish

Source: Wiktionary

Be*foul", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Befouled; p. pr. & vb. n. Befouling.] Etym: [Cf. AS. bef; pref. be- + f to foul. See Foul, a.]

1. To make foul; to soil.

2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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