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infect

verb adulterate, befoul, besmirch, blight, canker, cause illness, contaminare, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, dirty, empoison, envenom, foul, harm, make ill, make impure, pervert, poison, pollute, render unclean, smirch, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, transmit disease, vitiate, vitiis inficere
See also: adulterate, contaminate, foment, harm, motivate, pervert, pollute, taint

infect

in international law, to taint with crime or illegality; to expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture.
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Scrooge's nephew revelled in another laugh, and as it was impossible to keep the infection off; though the plump sister tried hard to do it with aromatic vinegar; his example was unanimously followed.
The infection spread; soon there was a party or clique in Grimworth on the side of "buying at Freely's"; and many husbands, kept for some time in the dark on this point, innocently swallowed at two mouthfuls a tart on which they were paying a profit of a hundred per cent.
My friend Yates brought the infection from Ecclesford, and it spread--as those things always spread, you know, sir--the faster, probably, from your having so often encouraged the sort of thing in us formerly.
Unfortunately she, too, is touched by the infection of this irreverent and unfaithful age.
For as infection spreadeth upon that which is sound, and tainteth it; so when envy is gotten once into a state, it traduceth even the best actions thereof, and turneth them into an ill odor.
Their chatter, their laughter, their good-humoured innuendoes, above all, their flashes and flickerings of envy, revived Tess's spirits also; and, as the evening wore on, she caught the infection of their excitement, and grew almost gay.
Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word 'miasma' as 'an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation'; and, in the opinion of Mr Robert Ferguson, his late employer, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily.
Foot passengers, jostling one another's umbrellas in a general infection of ill temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if this day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.
The second day a fever had come and D'Arnot thought that it meant infection and he knew that he would die.
was laughing now, too, so was Evgenie Pavlovitch, so was Colia, and so was the prince himself, who caught the infection as he looked round radiantly upon the others.
I've no doubt myself that Miss Vinrace caught the infection up at the villa itself.
The soft infection of repose seemed to be in some danger of communicating itself to Francine.