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vitiate

[vish-ee-eyt] /ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), 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; invalidate:
to vitiate a claim.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin vitiātus, past participle of vitiāre to spoil, derivative of vitium blemish, vice1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
vitiation, noun
vitiator, noun
nonvitiation, noun
unvitiated, adjective
unvitiating, adjective
Can be confused
ameliorate, obviate, vitiate.
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vitiate

/ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make faulty or imperfect
2.
to debase, pervert, or corrupt
3.
to destroy the force or legal effect of (a deed, etc): to vitiate a contract
Derived Forms
vitiable, adjective
vitiation, noun
vitiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vitiāre to injure, from vitium a fault
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Word Origin and History for non-vitiation

vitiate

v.

1530s, from Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare "to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt," from vitium "fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice" (see vice (n.1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating.

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