to shit
   The original meaning was to purify or cleanse.
   Thus William Harvey could write in the 17th century:
    The blood is not sufficiently defecated or clarified, but remains cloudy. (Harvey, 1628)
   Now defecate and defecation are used in medical and polite standard English.

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  • Defecate — Def e*cate, a. [L. defaecatus, p. p. of defaecare to defecate; de + faex, faecis, dregs, lees.] Freed from anything that can pollute, as dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified. [1913 Webster] Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense. Bates …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defecate — Def e*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defecated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defecating}.] 1. To clear from impurities, as lees, dregs, etc.; to clarify; to purify; to refine. [1913 Webster] To defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defecate — Def e*cate, v. i. 1. To become clear, pure, or free. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. To void excrement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defecate — 1570s, to purify, from L. defaecatus, pp. of defaecare cleanse from dregs, purify, from the phrase de faece from dregs (pl. faeces; see FECES (Cf. feces)). Excretory sense first recorded 1830 (defecation), Amer.Eng., from French. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • defecate — ► VERB ▪ discharge faeces from the body. DERIVATIVES defecation noun defecatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin defaecare, from faex dregs …   English terms dictionary

  • defecate — [def′i kāt΄] vt. defecated, defecating [< L defaecatus, pp. of defaecare, to cleanse from dregs, strain < de , from + faex (gen. faecis), grounds, dregs] to remove impurities from; refine (sugar, wine, etc.) vi. 1. to become free from… …   English World dictionary

  • defecate — [[t]de̱fəkeɪt[/t]] defecates, defecating, defecated VERB When people and animals defecate, they get rid of waste matter from their body through their anus. [FORMAL] Animals defecate after every meal. Derived words: defecation… …   English dictionary

  • defecate — UK [ˈdefəkeɪt] / US [ˈdefəˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms defecate : present tense I/you/we/they defecate he/she/it defecates present participle defecating past tense defecated past participle defecated formal to get rid of solid waste from …   English dictionary

  • defecate — verb /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt,ˈdɛfəkeɪt/ a) To purify, to clean of dregs etc. Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it [...]. b) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement. Syn: crap, drite …   Wiktionary

  • defecate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, from de + faec , faex dregs, lees Date: 1575 transitive verb 1. to free from impurity or corruption 2. to discharge from the an …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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