Contaminated
Contaminate Con*tam"i*nate (k[o^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contaminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contaminating}.] [L. contaminatus, p. p. of contaminare to bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion, for contagmen; con- + root of tangere to touch. See {Contact}.] To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to pollute; to defile. [1913 Webster]

Shall we now Contaminate our figures with base bribes? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated. --Goldsmith.

Syn: To pollute; defile; sully; taint; tarnish; soil; stain; corrupt. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • contaminated — adj. 1. containing undesired or infective microorganisms. Syn: dirty, infected. [WordNet 1.5] 2. rendered impure by addition of deleterious substances; as, had to boil the contaminated water. Syn: polluted. [WordNet 1.5] 3. 1 (Computers) damaged… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contaminated — index marred, noxious, peccant (unhealthy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • contaminated — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ADVERB ▪ heavily, highly ▪ A lot of our drinking water is now heavily contaminated …   Collocations dictionary

  • contaminated — con|tam|i|nat|ed [kənˈtæmıneıtıd] adj water, food etc that is contaminated has had a harmful substance added to it contaminated food/blood/water supplies etc ▪ Several outbreaks of infection have been traced to contaminated food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • contaminated — adjective 1. corrupted by contact or association contaminated evidence • Ant: ↑uncontaminated • Similar to: ↑mercury contaminated 2. rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution had to boil the contaminated water …   Useful english dictionary

  • contaminated — adjective 1 water, food etc that is contaminated has dangerous or harmful things in it, such as chemicals or poison: Several outbreaks of infection have been traced to contaminated food. 2 influenced in a way that produces a bad effect …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • contaminated — con|tam|i|nat|ed [ kən tæmı,neıtəd ] adjective FORMAL made dirty, polluted, or poisonous by the addition of a chemical, waste, or infection: contaminated food/water/blood …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • contaminated — un·contaminated; …   English syllables

  • contaminated — UK [kənˈtæmɪˌneɪtɪd] / US [kənˈtæmɪˌneɪtəd] adjective made dirty, polluted, or poisonous by the addition of a chemical, waste, or infection contaminated food/water/blood …   English dictionary

  • contaminated — adjective adulterated; impure …   Wiktionary

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