Contaminate Con*tam"i*nate (k[o^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contaminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contaminating}.] [L. contaminatus, p. p. of contaminare to bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion, for contagmen; con- + root of tangere to touch. See {Contact}.] To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to pollute; to defile. [1913 Webster]

Shall we now Contaminate our figures with base bribes? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated. --Goldsmith.

Syn: To pollute; defile; sully; taint; tarnish; soil; stain; corrupt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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