tr.v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot, blemish, or pollute.
1. Spotted, blotched, or stained.
2. Morally sullied or impure.
[Middle English maculaten, from Latin maculāre, maculāt-, from macula, spot.]
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