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
    (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene
  2. adjective
    spotted or blotched
    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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    tarnish or stain
    type of:
    blob, blot, fleck, spot
    make a spot or mark onto
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