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Posted on February 22, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

MSN Encarta – Dictionaries – vitiate transitive verb

1. make something ineffective: to destroy or drastically reduce the effectiveness of something, or make it invalid

2. make something defective: to cause something to become defective

3. debase something: to degrade something morally

[Mid-16th century. From, ultimately, Latin vitiare , from vitium “fault” (see vice).]

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