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Meaning of MACULATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]'makyulit, [v]'makyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  spotted or blotched
  2. [adj]  morally blemished; stained or impure
  3. [v]  spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
  4. [v]  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

MACULATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: befoul, defile, defile, defiled, dirty, foul, impure, soiled, sully, tarnish, unclean
 See Also: attaint, blob, blot, darken, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, fleck, shame, spot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mac"u*late\, v. t. [L. maculatus, p. p. of maculare to
    spot. See {Macula}, and cf. {Macule}, v.]
    To spot; to stain; to blur.
          Maculate the honor of their people.      --Sir T.
  2. \Mac"u*late\, a. [L. maculatus, p. p.]
    Marked with spots or macul[ae]; blotched; hence, defiled;
    impure; as, most maculate thoughts. --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: besmirched, bespangled, bespeckled, blotched, blotchy, defiled, dotted, dotty, flea-bitten, flecked, fleckered, frecked, freckled, freckle-faced, freckly, impure, indecent, macular, maculated, patchy, peppered, pocked, pockmarked, pocky, pointille, pointillistic, polka-dot, punctated, smirched, soiled, spangled, spattered, specked, speckled, speckledy, speckly, splashed, splattered, splotched, splotchy, spotted, spotty, sprinkled, stippled, studded, sullied, tainted, unchaste, unclean, unvirginal, unvirtuous