vitiate
[ vish-ee-eyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
16th century; Latin from Latin vitiātus ‘to spoil or impair’
Synonyms
    1.
  • negate
    2.
  • abolish
  • annul
Antonyms
    1.
  • protect
    2.
  • strengthen
Definition
1. to impair or weaken effectiveness and quality of
2. to corrupt and debase
Examples
1. A) Crossing your fingers behind your back may vitiate the promise, or it may vitiate your willingness to abide by the promise. B) His assurance that he was faithful was vitiated by his choice to keep secrets from his wife.
2. A) Oscar Wilde often used one character to vitiate the protagonist. B) When Julia’s parents started to notice her younger brother was acting a lot like her, they accused her of vitiating him.
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