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defile

Geography a narrow pass or gorge, esp one between two mountains
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act of defilement, she had not been raped, no matter how deceived she
Kristeva observes that the artistic experience is 'rooted in the abject it utters and by the same token purifies', and the work of catharsis exceeds religion in its ability to perform the 'rite of defilement and pollution' (Powers of Horror, p.
35) Defilement descends, as it were, from an original transgression, or series of transgressions, of an interdict or a taboo--transgressions perhaps committed in some mythical past.
Patterns of idealization and defilement of the mother still reoccur since the fantasy of maternal impotence is deeply rooted in most cultures.
Such strategies have certainly failed to win the goodwill of the Iraqi people, with blatant discrimination, defilement of Islamic tradition and other abuses serving instead to fan the fires of local revulsion and insurgency.
Her body was later found in the mortuary covered in bacon rashers, a highly insulting defilement for a religion which forbids the touching or eating of pork products.
Blank walls are like blank pieces of paper, an inducement to defilement and violent, unhinged expressions.
It is also tied to notions of purity and defilement and to notions of conformity to community norms.
The Israeli airline's authorised flight path passed just south of the cemetery, however some Jews travelling on the route were worried about defilement, as under Jewish law those of priestly descent are forbidden from entering a cemetery and the defilement is believed to extend all the way up to the heavens.
We think these places are far too important to allow defilement by dirt bikes, four-wheelers, roads, logging, and development.