WOTD: Vitiate

It’s not every day that someone uses a term I don’t recognize. Today a colleage used this word in an email and while I searched my Latin roots memory for meaning, I couldn’t quite make sense of it. I was stuck on “vitae” and hence, “life.”

Thus today’s Word of the Day (from Merriam-Webster.com).


Main Entry: vi·ti·ate

Pronunciation: \ˈvi-shē-ˌāt\

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form(s): vi·ti·at·ed; vi·ti·at·ing

Etymology: Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare, from vitium fault, vice
Date: 1534

1 : to make faulty or defective : impair 2 : to debase in moral or aesthetic status 3 : to make ineffective (synonyms, see debase)

— vi·ti·a·tion \ˌvi-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
— vi·ti·a·tor \ˈvi-shē-ˌā-tər\ noun


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