Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Word of the Day: vitiate

vi·ti·ate

Pronunciation: 'vi-shE-"At
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Forms: -at·ed; -at·ing: to make ineffective
Example: Any false doctrine vitiates the Gospel.

Meaning:
To reduce the value or impair the quality of.
To corrupt morally; debase.
To make ineffective; invalidate.

See Synonyms at corrupt.

[Latin vitire, vitit-, from vitium, fault.]
viti·a·ble (vsh--bl) adj. viti·ation n. viti·ator n.

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