Vitiate

Vi"ti*ate

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vitiated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Vitiating.] [L. vitiatus, p. p. vitiare to vitiate, fr. vitium a fault, vice. See Vice a fault.]
[Written also viciate.]
1. To make vicious, faulty, or imperfect; to render defective; to injure the substance or qualities of; to impair; to contaminate; to spoil; as, exaggeration vitiates a style of writing; sewer gas vitiates the air.
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A will vitiated and growth out of love with the truth disposes the understanding to error and delusion.
South.
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Without care it may be used to vitiate our minds.
Burke.
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This undistinguishing complaisance will vitiate the taste of readers.
Garth.
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2. To cause to fail of effect, either wholly or in part; to make void; to destroy, as the validity or binding force of an instrument or transaction; to annul; as, any undue influence exerted on a jury vitiates their verdict; fraud vitiates a contract.
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