vitiate

  • 1 vitiate — vi·ti·ate / vi shē ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing: to make ineffective fraud vitiate s a contract Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Vitiate — Vi ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vitiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vitiating}.] [L. vitiatus, p. p. vitiare to vitiate, fr. vitium a fault, vice. See {Vice} a fault.] [Written also {viciate}.] 1. To make vicious, faulty, or imperfect; to render… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 vitiate — [v1] cancel abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, delete, deny, invalidate, negate, nullify, quash, recant, revoke, undermine, undo; concepts 121,317 Ant. schedule, set up vitiate [v2] hurt, corrupt blemish, blight, brutalize, contaminate …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 vitiate — [vish′ē āt΄] vt. vitiated, vitiating [< L vitiatus, pp. of vitiare, to vitiate < vitium,VICE1] 1. to make imperfect, faulty, or impure; spoil; corrupt 2. to weaken morally; debase; pervert 3. to make (a contract, or other legal instrument)… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 vitiate — (v.) 1530s, from L. vitiatus, pp. of vitiare to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt, from vitium fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice (see VICE (Cf. vice) (1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 vitiate — *debase, deprave, corrupt, pervert, debauch Analogous words: pollute, defile, taint, *contaminate: degrade, demean, *abase: impair, spoil, *injure, damage: annul, invalidate, *nullify …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 vitiate — ► VERB formal 1) spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. 2) destroy or impair the legal validity of. ORIGIN Latin vitiare impair …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 vitiate — UK [ˈvɪʃɪeɪt] / US [ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms vitiate : present tense I/you/we/they vitiate he/she/it vitiates present participle vitiating past tense vitiated past participle vitiated very formal to make something less effective or …

    English dictionary

  • 9 vitiate — vitiation, n. vitiator, n. /vish ee ayt /, v.t., vitiated, vitiating. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil. 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of. 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert. 4. to make legally defective or invalid;… …

    Universalium

  • 10 vitiate — [[t]vɪ̱ʃieɪt[/t]] vitiates, vitiating, vitiated VERB If something is vitiated, its effectiveness is spoiled or weakened. [FORMAL] [be V ed] Strategic policy during the War was vitiated because of a sharp division between easterners and westerners …

    English dictionary

  • 11 vitiate — vi•ti•ate [[t]ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2) to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3) to debase; corrupt; pervert 4) law to make legally invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim[/ex] •… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 vitiate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare, from vitium fault, vice Date: 1534 1. to make faulty or defective ; impair < the comic impact is vitiated by obvious haste William Styron > 2. to debase in… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 vitiate — verb /ˈvɪʃ.i.eɪt/ a) to spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something b) to debase or morally corrupt …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 vitiate — Synonyms and related words: abate, abolish, abrogate, adulterate, alloy, annihilate, annul, bastardize, blemish, bring to nothing, brutalize, buffer, cancel, cancel out, canker, cheapen, coarsen, come to nothing, confound, contaminate, corrupt,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 vitiate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. adulterate, weaken; impair, spoil; destroy, void, in validate; corrupt, contaminate, pollute; deteriorate. See deterioration. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To invalidate] Syn. annul, recant, cancel,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 vitiate — vi|ti|ate [ˈvıʃieıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of vitiare, from vitium; VICE] to make something less effective or spoil it …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 vitiate — vi|ti|ate [ vıʃi,eıt ] verb transitive VERY FORMAL to make something less effective or legally acceptable ╾ vi|ti|a|tion [ ,vıʃi eıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 vitiate —  Contaminate, ruin …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 19 vitiate — vi·ti·ate || vɪʃɪeɪt v. weaken; corrupt …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 vitiate — [ vɪʃɪeɪt] verb formal spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. ↘destroy or impair the legal validity of. Derivatives vitiation noun vitiator noun Origin C16: from L. vitiat , vitiare impair …

    English new terms dictionary