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King James Dictionary

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• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eating can defile
• Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
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Defile, Defilement
Greek - defile one's self with mankind
Greek - defile
Greek - defile, defiled, defiles
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Greek - defile
Hebrew - defile, become defiled, been defiled, defiled, defilement, defiles
Hebrew - defile, defiled
Hebrew - defile, defiled
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Hebrew - defile

DEFILE, v.t.

1. To make unclean; to render foul or dirty; in a general sense.
2. To make impure; to render turbid; as, the water or liquor is defiled.
3. To soil or sully; to tarnish; as reputation, &c.

He is among the greatest prelates of the age, however his character may be defiled by dirty hands.

They shall defile thy brightness. Ezek. 28.

4. To pollute; to make ceremonially unclean.

That which dieth of itself, he shall not eat, to defile himself therewith. Lev. 22.

5. To corrupt chastity; to debauch; to violate; to tarnish the purity of character by lewdness.

Schechem defiled Dinah. Gen. 34.

6. To taint, in a moral sense; to corrupt; to vitiate; to render impure with sin.

Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt. Ezek. 20.

He hath defiled the sanctuary of the Lord. Numb. 19.

DEFILE, v.i. L. A thread. To march off in a line, or file by file; to file off.

DEFILE, n. A narrow passage or way, in which troops may march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long narrow pass, as between hills, &c.

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Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

Bibliography Information
"Entry for 'Defile'". "King James Dictionary".


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