Befoul
Befoul Be*foul", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befouled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befouling}.] [Cf. AS. bef?lan; pref. be- + f?lan to foul. See {Foul}, a.] 1. To make foul; to soil. [1913 Webster]

2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. [1913 Webster]


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  • befoul — index contaminate, corrupt, debase, infect, pillory, pollute, stain, taint (contaminate) …   Law dictionary

  • befoul — early 14c., from BE (Cf. be ) + FOUL (Cf. foul) (v.). Related: Befouled; befouling …   Etymology dictionary

  • befoul — foul, dirty, sully, *soil, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime, tarnish Analogous words: *spot, spatter, sprinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • befoul — [bē foul′, bifoul′] vt. [ME befoulen < OE befylan: see BE & FOUL] 1. to make filthy; dirty; soil 2. to cast aspersions on; slander befoulment n …   English World dictionary

  • befoul — transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. to make foul (as with dirt or waste) 2. sully, soil, besmirch < scandal befouled his reputation > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • befoul — befouler, n. befoulment, n. /bi fowl /, v.t. to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. [1275 1325; ME bi foulen. See BE , FOUL] * * * …   Universalium

  • befoul — verb a) To make foul; to soil. b) To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. See Also: foul, afoul …   Wiktionary

  • befoul — Synonyms and related words: abuse, afflict, aggrieve, benasty, bespatter, bewitch, blacken, blight, condemn, contaminate, convert, corrupt, crucify, curse, damage, debase, defalcate, defame, defile, denigrate, deprave, desecrate, despoil, destroy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • befoul — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make dirty: begrime, besmirch, besoil, black, blacken, defile, dirty, smudge, smutch, soil, sully. See CLEAN. 2. To contaminate the reputation of: besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty,… …   English dictionary for students

  • befoul — be·foul || bɪ faÊŠl v. ruin; desecrate; soil …   English contemporary dictionary

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