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[adj. mak-yuh-lit; v. mak-yuh-leyt] /adj. ˈmæk yə lɪt; v. ˈmæk yəˌleɪt/
spotted; stained.
Archaic. defiled; impure.
verb (used with object), maculated, maculating. Archaic.
to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
to sully or pollute.
Origin of maculate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus (past participle of maculāre to spot, stain). See macula, -ate1 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • maculate -ed: spotted or marked with figures of any shape, of a color different from the ground.

  • Josephina owns one unchanging dress, septic, maculate and repellent.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • We are maculate, and it is given to no man to probe the mystery of existence.

    A Secret Inheritance (Volume 1 of 3) B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • His heavy, blunt hand fumbled under the maculate apron; his chest heaved with a sudden, tempestuous breathing.

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for maculate


verb (ˈmækjʊˌleɪt)
(transitive) to spot, stain, or pollute
adjective (ˈmækjʊlɪt)
spotted or polluted
Word Origin
C15: from Latin maculāre to stain
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Word Origin and History for maculate

"spotted," late 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Middle English also had maculation "sexual defilement, sinning" (late 15c.).


early 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Related: Maculated; maculating.

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maculate in Medicine

maculate mac·u·late (māk'yə-lāt')
v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot or blemish. adj. (-lĭt)
Spotted or blotched.

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