to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully:
a bird that befouls its own nest.
All commingled, so that the uncleanness of one befouled all, and the wickedness of one contaminated all.
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20) Charles Sumner
Marry, thy jerkin is all befouled with the dust of the road.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
See to my gown, the third that I have befouled within the week.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Fox had stumbled in the mire, and had not only been defeated, but befouled.
Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3) Thomas Babington Macaulay
We were told that the holy-water font and the vestments of the priests had been profaned and befouled.
A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium Hugh Gibson
You cannot tell what it is to crouch here, befouled as I am, for a man to see.
Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
And how he loathed to think that the name of the dead man was now befouled by the calculating and impure praise of schemers.
The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
How many young lives had been befouled by Smith’s abnormal lust?
Nor Iron Bars a Cage…. Gordon Randall Garrett
No young Sienese eyes rest upon anything youthful; they open into a world battered and befouled with long use.
Italian Hours Henry James
This morning the wine of my life was pure and white, now it is black and befouled.
The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
(transitive) to make dirty or foul; soil; defile
early 14c., from be- + foul (v.). Related: Befouled; befouling.
to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. Contemporary Examples He befriended Britons Alan and Cindy Thompson, who were on a brief vacation in the Algarve in the summer of 2007. Did He Steal Madeleine McCann? Barbie Latza Nadeau November 27, 2012 […]
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises. to make stupidly drunk. Contemporary Examples One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.” Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books […]
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises. to make stupidly drunk. Contemporary Examples Confusion over the catcher’s eye black is just the tip of the iceberg for this befuddled limey. Viral Video of the Day: Bad British MLB Commentary Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum May 6, 2014 The […]
to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you. to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we’re disputing. to […]