pollutive

pollute

[puh-loot]
verb (used with object), polluted, polluting.
1.
to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty: to pollute the air with smoke.
2.
to make morally unclean; defile.
3.
to render ceremonially impure; desecrate: to pollute a house of worship.
4.
Informal. to render less effective or efficient: The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.

Origin:
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

polluter, noun
pollutive, adjective
nonpolluting, adjective
unpolluting, adjective


1. soil, befoul. 2. taint, contaminate, vitiate, corrupt, debase, deprave.


1, 2. purify.
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pollute (pəˈluːt)
 
vb
1.  to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
2.  to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
3.  to desecrate or defile
 
[C14 polute, from Latin polluere to defile]
 
pol'luter
 
n

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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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