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Befoul   Listen

(past & past part. befouled; pres. part. befouling)
Spot, stain, or pollute.  Synonyms: defile, foul, maculate.

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"Befoul" Quotes from Famous Books

... reverently at the mention of his name, because he wears upon his hero soul the white flower of a blameless life. Would Kitchener, whose dread name strikes terror to the heart of every burgher, would he befoul his foeman's fame? I tell you no, though whilst a foe remains in arms he strikes with all a giant's force and spares not; but when the blow has fallen, he of all men would preserve his enemies' fair fame intact. ...
— Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) - Letters from the Front • A. G. Hales

... the nations from their apathy. He has given us his reflections on the English Revolution, when Cromwell crushed royalty under his feet in the person of the tyrant Charles Stuart, and which, notwithstanding, rose again to befoul, in the profligacy and debauchery of the second Carolian epoch; on the French Revolution, when an intelligent people drove out a brood of vampires, who had drained the blood of France too long, to be replaced by atrocious ...
— Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer • Charles Sotheran

Words linked to "Befoul" :   dishonor, attaint, disgrace, shame, befoulment, maculate, foul, dishonour

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