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contamination (kənˌtæmɪˈneɪʃən Pronunciation for contamination

Definitions

noun

  1. the act or process of contaminating or the state of being contaminated
  2. something that contaminates
  3. (linguistics) the process by which one word or phrase is altered because of mistaken associations with another word or phrase; for example, the substitution of irregardless for regardless by association with such words as irrespective

Synonyms

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= pollution, dirtying, infection, corruption, poisoning, decay, taint, filth, impurity, contagion, adulteration, foulness, defilement, radioactivation

Example Sentences Including 'contamination'

About 400,000 birds had already been ordered slaughtered, yet the contamination spread beyond the original hot zone.
canada.com (2004)
Among its recommendations, the report calls for an in-depth analysis of the causes of the contamination.
canada.com (2004)
And when he was there, would the so-called contamination affect him, without mask or protective clothing?
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
But the torpedoes would be a potential source of contamination.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)
He was eight thousand years old and died only recently, caught in the contamination.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
Inspections so far have revealed contamination and degradation of some areas on the ISS exterior, but none are yet considered serious.
New Scientist (2003)
Look, the theory is that it was a Great Spell which produced the magical inversion that caused the contamination.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
These infections can be sexually transmitted or could come from contamination of the vagina by rectal bacteria.
Hufnagel, Dr Vicki & Golant, Susan K No More Hysterectomies
They had faced a threat of losing the income from their adjacent organic farming fields amid fears of GM contamination.
Independent (1999)

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