KJV Dictionary Definition: defile


DEFILE, v.t.

1. To make unclean; to render foul or dirty; in a general sense.

2. To make impure; to render turbid; as, the water or liquor is defiled.

3. To soil or sully; to tarnish; as reputation, &c.

He is among the greatest prelates of the age, however his character may be defiled by dirty hands.

They shall defile thy brightness. Ezek. 28.

4. To pollute; to make ceremonially unclean.

That which dieth of itself, he shall not eat, to defile himself therewith. Lev. 22.

5. To corrupt chastity; to debauch; to violate; to tarnish the purity of character by lewdness.

Schechem defiled Dinah. Gen. 34.

6. To taint, in a moral sense; to corrupt; to vitiate; to render impure with sin.

Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt. Ezek. 20.

He hath defiled the sanctuary of the Lord. Numb. 19.

DEFILE, v.i. L. A thread. To march off in a line, or file by file; to file off.

DEFILE, n. A narrow passage or way, in which troops may march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long narrow pass, as between hills, &c.


DEFILED, pp. Made dirty, or foul; polluted; soiled; corrupted; violated; vitiated.



1. The act of defiling, or state of being defiled; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness.

2. Corruption of morals, principles or character; impurity; pollution by sin.

The chaste cannot rake into such filth without danger of defilement.


DEFILER, n. One who defiles; one who corrupts or violates; that which pollutes.



1. Polluting; making impure.

2. Marching in a file, or with a narrow front.