NounPollution (plural Pollutions)
- The act of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of the environment by harmful substances.
- Something that pollutes; a pollutant.
- (archaic) Physical defilement
Adjectives for Pollution
horrible; fat; moral; abhorrent; waterside.
Verbs for Pollution
befoul with—; complain of—; expose to—; labor under—; reproach for—; —brands: — corrupts; —defaces; —denies; —degrades; —disgraces; —harms; —impairs; —infects; —mars; —offends; —overshadows; —pillages; —saps; —scathes; —shames; —stains; —sullies; —taints.
abomination, abuse, abuse of office, adulteration, air, atrocity, bad, badness, bane, bastardizing, befouling, befoulment, besmirchment, blight, contamination, conversion, corrupt administration, corruption, crying evil, cutting, damage, debasement, defalcation, defilement, desecration, despoliation, destruction, detriment, dilution, dirtying, diversion, doctoring, embezzlement, envenoming, evil, festering, fortifying, fouling, grievance, harm, harmfulness, havoc, health hazard, hurt, ill, infection, injuriousness, injury, insalubriousness, insalubrity, lacing, maladministration, malfeasance, malpractice, malversation, menace to health, misapplication, misappropriation, mischief, misconduct, misemployment, misfeasance, mishandling, mismanagement, misusage, misuse, noise pollution, noisomeness, noxiousness, outrage, pathenogenicity, peculation, perversion, pilfering, poison, poisoning, poor stewardship, profanation, prostitution, ritual uncleanness, soiling, spiking, spoiling, staining, sullying, suppuration, tainting, the worst, toxin, unhealthfulness, unhealthiness, unsalutariness, unwholesomeness, venom, vexation, violation, vitiation, water, watering, woe, wrong
Recorded since c.1340, as "discharge of semen other than during sex," later, "desecration, defilement" (1382), from Late Latin pollutio "defilement," from Latin polluere "to soil, defile, contaminate", itself from por- "before" + -luere "to smear" (related to lutum "mud" and to lues "filth", compare Greek (lyma) "filth, dirt, disgrace" and (lymax) "rubbish, refuse," Old Irish loth "mud, dirt," Lithuanian lutynas "pool, puddle"). Sense of "contamination of the environment" first recorded c.1860
Pollution f. (plural Pollutions)