Catholic Culture Dedication
Catholic Culture Dedication

Catholic Dictionary

Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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DEFILEMENT

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.

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