adulterate (third-person singular simple present adulterates, present participle adulterating, simple past and past participle adulterated)
1.to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production of (any professedly genuine article), to adulterate food.
2.impure or debased; cheapened in quality or purity.
1. (transitive) to debase by adding inferior material, to adulterate milk with water adjective (əˈdʌltərɪt; -ˌreɪt)
2. adulterated; debased or impure
3. a less common word for adulterous Derived Formsadulteration, nounadulterator, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin adulterāre to corrupt, commit adultery, probably from alter another, hence to approach another, commit adulteryCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1530s, back-formation from adulteration, or else from Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare "to falsify, corrupt," also "to commit adultery." Earlier verb was adulter (late 14c.). Related, Adulterated; adulterating.
They are much used to adulterate those of Oporto, or, after undergoing the blending operation termed compage, are passed off as Bordeaux wines in France.
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