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1.properly, to stain, dye, ἐλέφαντα φοίνικι μιαίνειν (cf. Virgil's violaverit ostro si quis ebur), Il.
3.of moral stains, to taint, defile, Pind., Trag.; hence Soph. says, θεοὺς μιαίνειν οὔ τις ἀνθρώπων σθένει:— Pass. to incur such defilement, Aesch., etc.; μιαίνεσθαι τὴν ψυχήν Plat.; τῆς ἄλλης [γῆς] αὐτῶι μεμιασμένης Thuc.

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