Con*tam"i*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Contaminated (?); & vb.n. Contaminating (?).] [L. contaminatus, p.p. of contaminare to bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion, for contagmen; con- + root of tangere to touch. See Contact.]

To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to pollute; to defile.

Shall we now Contaminate our figures with base bribes? Shak.

I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated. Goldsmith.

Syn. -- To pollute; defile; sully; taint; tarnish; soil; stain; corrupt.


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Con*tam"i*nate (?), a.

Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted.

"Contaminate drink."



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