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

adj morally blemished; stained or impure

Synonyms:
defiled
impure
(used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene

adj spotted or blotched

Synonyms:
dirty, soiled, unclean
soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

v spot, stain, or pollute

Synonyms:
befoul, defile, foul
Type of:
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame
bring shame or dishonor upon

v make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

Synonyms:
defile, stain, sully, tarnish
Types:
darken
tarnish or stain
Type of:
blob, blot, fleck, spot
make a spot or mark onto

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