defilement

(Latin: de, down; Anglo-Saxon: ful, foul)

A term which connotes the condition of uncleanness. It covers a variety of meanings, such as, to render legally unclean by contact with unclean things and by eating forbidden foods; to profane holy beings and objects; to pollute sexually through adultery; to taint with sin; to soil physically as with filth, etc.

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