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The condition of uncleanness. In biblical and ecclesiastical usage it means to render unclean by contact with unclean things, by eating forbidden foods, by polluting sexually through adultery. Its most important meaning is to be stained with sin.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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