maculate

If your little sister has a maculate appearance, she either needs a good wipe with a damp towel or you should take her to the doctor straight away. A fairly technical word little used now, maculate means "spotted" or "blotchy."

There's another meaning for maculate, that of "having a blemished or impure moral character." Now your little sister doesn't have that, does she? You can also maculate something by either physically or metaphorically polluting it — like a river or a relationship.

Definitions of maculate
  1. adjective
    morally blemished; stained or impure
    synonyms: defiled
    impure
    (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene
  2. adjective
    spotted or blotched
    Synonyms:
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  3. verb
    spot, stain, or pollute
    synonyms: befoul, defile, foul
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    type of:
    attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame
    bring shame or dishonor upon
  4. verb
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    synonyms: defile, stain, sully, tarnish
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    types:
    darken
    tarnish or stain
    type of:
    blob, blot, fleck, spot
    make a spot or mark onto
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