Was not our queen sent back, without any defilement, to her husband, the very next evening?
For, if there were a God, how could he let purity be clasped in the arms of defilement?
It was so great and the defilement so complete that he despaired of the possibility of getting cleansed.
If she touched me she would have to bathe to get rid of the defilement.
That which is clean is simply free from soil or defilement of any kind.
They were greatly afraid of defilement there, and would not come too close.
The touch of the democracy was defilement, and it does not pass.
And the whiter the soul that is dragged through that—that mire, the more the defilement.
She thinks it would be a profanation to put them upon a person so covered with mud and defilement.
The thing she proposed was to him, as he had truly said, a desecration, a defilement.
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.