how to pronounce defile


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defile is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of defile in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… who would defile the statue or anyone …”

meanings of defile


  1. To make unclean, dirty, or impure; soil; befoul.
  2. To march in a single file; to file.
  3. To deprive or ruin someone's (sexual) purity or chastity, often not consensually; stain; tarnish; mar; rape.
  4. To vandalize or add inappropriate contents to something considered sacred or special; desecrate.


  1. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior.
  2. A narrow way or passage, e.g. between mountains.
  3. A single file, such as of soldiers.

defile frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word defile occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics defile can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that defile can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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