Definition of Befoul

1. Verb. Spot, stain, or pollute. "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"

Exact synonyms: Defile, Foul, Maculate
Generic synonyms: Attaint, Disgrace, Dishonor, Dishonour, Shame
Derivative terms: Befoulment, Defilement, Defiler, Macula, Maculation



Definition of Befoul

1. v. t. To make foul; to soil.

Definition of Befoul

1. Verb. To make foul; to soil. ¹

2. Verb. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Befoul

1. to foul [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: foul

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Befoul

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beforestated
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befoul (current term)
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Literary usage of Befoul

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1. The Restored New Testament: The Hellenic Fragments, Freed from the Pseudo by James Morgan Pryse (1914)
"10 And having called to him the crowd, he said to them: "Hear, and understand: 11 that which enters the mouth does not befoul the man; but that which issues ..."

2. The Journal of English and Germanic Philology by Ill.) University of Illinois (Urbana (1922)
"The meanings of the NHG. word clearly indicate the semantic development 'befoul: deceive,' a common development in the German dialects. ..."

3. A Glossary of Tudor and Stuart Words: Especially from the Dramatists by Walter William Skeat, Anthony Lawson Mayhew (1914)
"... to defile, befoul; ... to befoul. Marston, Scourge of Villainy, Sat. ix.; B. Jonson, Poetaster, v. ..."

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