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to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully:
a bird that befouls its own nest.
Historical Examples

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.


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