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[puh-loo-tid] /pəˈlu tɪd/
made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted:
swimming in polluted waters.
Slang. drunk.
Origin of polluted
1350-1400; Middle English; see pollute, -ed2
Related forms
pollutedness, noun
unpolluted, adjective


[puh-loot] /pəˈlut/
verb (used with object), polluted, polluting.
to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty:
to pollute the air with smoke.
to make morally unclean; defile.
to render ceremonially impure; desecrate:
to pollute a house of worship.
Informal. to render less effective or efficient:
The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
1325-75; Middle English polute < Latin pollūtus past participle of polluere to soil, defile, equivalent to pol-, assimilated variant of por- (see pollicitation; here marking the action as complete) + -lū- base of -luere (akin to lutum mud, dirt, lustrum muddy place) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
polluter, noun
pollutive, adjective
nonpolluting, adjective
unpolluting, adjective
1. soil, befoul. 2. taint, contaminate, vitiate, corrupt, debase, deprave.
1, 2. purify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for polluted
  • Nearly devoid of insect and disease problems, it's also unfazed by polluted air.
  • The waters here, once polluted, are now swimming clean.
  • Pigs run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a polluted river.
  • The mind-set of the past was to control and channel storm water, because it was traditionally polluted and toxic.
  • Now stories are polluted and demeaned by having been reduced to fodder for television, movie, and slick magazine entertainment.
  • Specifically a science that is polluted with fraud, inconsistency, and contradiction.
  • Whatever is once polluted by it, is for ever useless.
  • The intention is thereby to prevent the sacred food from being polluted by contact with common food in the stomach of the eater.
  • Hedgerows and trees that provided habitat and absorbed polluted runoff were bulldozed.
  • They feel a sense of guilt, a fear of being polluted-of secularization.
British Dictionary definitions for polluted


made unclean or impure; contaminated
(US, slang) intoxicated; drunk


verb (transitive)
to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
to desecrate or defile
Derived Forms
polluter, noun
Word Origin
C14 polute, from Latin polluere to defile
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Word Origin and History for polluted

c.1400, "rendered impure or unclean," past participle adjective from pollute (v.). Meaning "drunk" is from 1912, American English slang; ecological sense is from 1888.



late 14c., "to defile," a back formation from pollution, or else from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere "to defile, pollute, contaminate." Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning "make physically foul" is from 1540s; specific sense "contaminate the environment" emerged from late 19c.

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polluted in Medicine

pollute pol·lute (pə-lōōt')
v. pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing, pol·lutes

  1. To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.

  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.

pol·lut'er n.
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Slang definitions & phrases for polluted



Drunk (1912+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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