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 for vitiate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch
           the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was
           accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors
           subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals" [syn:
           corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize,
           demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate,
           deprave, misdirect]
      2: make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty" [syn: mar,
         impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate]
      3: take away the legal force of or render ineffective;
         "invalidate a contract" [syn: invalidate, void,
         vitiate] [ant: validate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "vitiate":
     abate, abolish, abrogate, adulterate, alloy, annihilate, annul,
     bastardize, blemish, bring to nothing, brutalize, buffer, cancel,
     cancel out, canker, cheapen, coarsen, come to nothing, confound,
     contaminate, corrupt, corrupted, counterbalance, damage, debase,
     debauch, debauched, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, delete,
     demoralize, denature, deprave, depraved, depreciate, depress,
     desecrate, despoil, destroy, devalue, diminish, distort, downgrade,
     frustrate, harm, hurt, impair, infect, invalidate, lower, mar,
     misuse, negate, negativate, negative, neutralize, nullify, offset,
     pervert, perverted, poison, pollute, prejudice, prostitute, quash,
     ravage, ravish, reduce, revoke, ruin, soil, spoil, stultify, sully,
     suppress, taint, tarnish, thwart, twist, ulcerate, undermine, undo,
     violate, vitiated, void, vulgarize, warp, weaken, withdraw

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