Smoking, the statement suggests, will direct their actions, defile their bodies and “cost them” a great deal.
Work for the world according to its specification, and it will defile you.
He dashed into the shelter of the defile, a grim smile playing on his lips.
From the narrowness of the defile only three could engage in the fight at once.
All was in darkness towards that part of the city near the defile.
At the side of this defile, is a recess, called the Devil's Blacksmith's Shop.
The troops will defile by the Namur gate, and meet me there in an hour.
To say that the Chaldee chapters "defile the hands" is the Rabbinic way of declaring their Canonicity.
No cruel coldness has crept in to defile their perfect love.
At noon, when passing through a defile, the Egyptian force was surrounded and cut to pieces.
c.1400, "to desecrate, profane;" mid-15c., "to make foul or dirty," alteration of earlier defoulen, from Old French defouler "trample down, violate," also "ill-treat, dishonor," from de- "down" (see de-) + foler "to tread," from Latin fullo "person who cleans and thickens cloth by stamping on it" (see foil (v.)).
The alteration (or re-formation) in English is from influence of Middle English filen (v.) "to render foul; make unclean or impure," literal and figurative, from Old English fylen (trans.), related to Old English fulian (intrans.) "to become foul, rot," from the source of foul (adj.). Cf. befoul, which also had a parallel form befilen. Related: Defiled; defiling.
"narrow passage," 1640s, especially in a military sense, "a narrow passage down which troops can march only in single file," from French défilé, noun use of past participle of défiler "march by files" (17c.), from de- "off" (see de-) + file "row," from Latin filum "thread" (see file (v.)). The verb in this sense is 1705, from French défiler.