Adjective "vitiated" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.
  1. 'Might this vitiate the importance of the cover?'
  2. 'In spite of our capacity for good, we seem caught in a web of evil that vitiates everything we do. Even what is basically good can be distorted.'
  3. 'While O'Herlihy's panel gives his show more depth, the comedy programme presented by Keane and Taylor is vitiated by a cacophony of voices.'
  4. 'That the singer, Cervantes' Don Quixote, is certainly delusional, possibly mad, doesn't vitiate the song's potency.'
  5. 'But in this same answer, that great saint recounts another admirable example of a great zeal, proceeding from a very good soul, which was however spoilt and vitiated by the excess of anger which it had stirred up.'
  6. 'The way is never neglected, it simply is not exploited; for it is to De Sica's purpose to move in tandem with unelliptical life as closely as he dares without vitiating motion-picture technique altogether.'
  7. 'the insurance is vitiated because of foolish acts on the part of the tenant'
  8. 'As with any other contracts, compromises or consent orders may be vitiated by a common mistake of law.'
  9. 'There must be present some factor which could in law be regarded as coercion of will so as to vitiate consent.'
  10. 'This does not mean that every deviation from procedural regularity and legal correctness vitiates a jury's verdict of guilty.'
  11. 'And why should he be made bankrupt if his apparent inability to pay is vitiated by the counterclaim or cross-demand?'
  12. 'Of course the appellate tribunal also has the power to overturn the Commissioners' conclusion on the ground of an error of law, but only if that error vitiates the conclusion.'
  13. 'It is said on behalf of the Claimant that this vitiated the decision-making process because it was misleading.'
  14. 'In the first place the market manager's presence and hearsay evidence vitiated proceedings, it being against natural justice for a prosecutor to be present during deliberations.'
  15. 'The claimants submit that that is a decision to which no reasonable planning authority could come and it vitiates the defendant's consideration of the planning application.'
  16. 'Is not your problem that the sentencing judge made mistakes which vitiated his decision and enabled the Court of Criminal Appeal to exercise its own discretion?'
  17. 'There is nothing in the law which would allow me to vitiate a fairly negotiated contract for lawful purposes.'

More definitions

1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.

2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.

3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.

4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.

More examples(as adjective)

"values can be vitiated by difficulties."

"values can be vitiated."

"remnants can be vitiated."


(vitiate)Mid 16th century: from Latin vitiat- ‘impaired’, from the verb vitiare, from vitium (see vice).