• Adulterate


    Dated 16th Century CE; modified from adulteration, likely with earlier origin in the Latin past‐participle adulteratus.

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    1. Tending to commit adultery.
      • Shakespeare Hamlet, I.v.Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts-O wicked wit and gifts, that have the powerSo to seduce!- won to his shameful lustThe will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.
    2. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.


    1. To corrupt.
    2. To spoil by adding impurities.to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coins, etc.
      • SpectatorThe present war has ... adulterated our tongue with strange words.
    3. To commit adultery.
    4. To defile by adultery.


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