What does adulterate mean?

adulterate meaning in General Dictionary

Tainted with adultery

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  • To devote adultery
  • mixed with impurities
  • corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or substandard compound; usually by changing important ingredients with substandard ones
  • To defile by adultery.
  • To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser material; because, to adulterate meals, beverage, medications, coin, etc.
  • To dedicate adultery.
  • Tainted with adultery.
  • Debased because of the admixture of a foreign compound; adulterated; spurious.

adulterate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, back-formation from adulteration, otherwise from Latin adulteratus, previous participle of adulterare "to falsify, corrupt," in addition "to commit adultery." Earlier in the day verb was adulter (belated 14c.). Associated: Adulterated; adulterating.


adulterate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To defile by adultery.

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  • (v. t.) To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; since, to adulterate meals, drink, drugs, coin, etc.
  • (v. i.) To commit adultery.
  • (a.) Tainted with adultery.
  • (a.) Debased because of the admixture of a foreign material; adulterated; spurious.

Sentence Examples with the word adulterate

The substances used to adulterate opium are grape-juice thickened with flour, fig-paste, liquorice, half-dried apricots, inferior gum tragacanth and sometimes clay or pieces of lead or other metals.

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