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maculate adj
1 morally blemished; stained or impure [syn: defiled]
2 spotted or blotched


1 make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man" [syn: tarnish, stain, sully, defile]
2 spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it" [syn: foul, befoul, defile]

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  1. To spot; to stain; to blur.


  1. Marked with spots or maculae; blotched; hence, defiled; impure; as, most maculate thoughts.
    In The New Republic, May 25, 1998, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is described as being "about the struggle of a mistreated man as he rises to the top, along with a mortal conflict between this maculate virtuous man and an immaculate pursuing demon."


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