Pronounced: ex-uh-luth-uh-ROS-tuh-mize, verb

Notes: A nice fancy word that we could use

Yesterday’s word

The word vitiate means

  • to make faulty or defective; impair
  • to debase in moral or aesthetic status
  • to make ineffective
First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1500s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Latin word vitium (fault; vice). As I noted yesterday, I know one definition (the third one). The first definition is similar to the third, and the second definition probably grew out of the “vice” definition. I seem to recollect reading the word about some action or thing vitiating the nerve of a person, which is clearly the third definition.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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