Part of speech: verb

To make impure by contact or admixture; taint; defile; pollute.

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Usage examples "contaminate":

  1. Thou wilt surely not contaminate thy lips by speaking to a common beggar who cries aloud in the streets for bread. - "The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays", Various.
  2. Do you suppose, even if her own pity should so far tempt her to degrade herself, that I could allow her so to contaminate her purity? - "Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face", Charles Kingsley.
  3. And I would even take him on at the farm later, when I should no longer have cause to fear that he might contaminate my people. - "Fruitfulness Fecondite", Emile Zola.