adulterate

[v. uh-duhl-tuh-reyt; adj. uh-duhl-ter-it, -tuh-reyt] /v. əˈdʌl təˌreɪt; adj. əˈdʌl tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), adulterated, adulterating.
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."
adjective
3.
adulterous (def 1).
Origin
1580–90; < Latin adulterātus mixed, adulterated (past participle of adulterāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + -ulter (perhaps combining form of alter other; see alter) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
adulterator, noun
unadulterate, adjective
Can be confused
adulterer, adulterate.
British Dictionary definitions for adulterate
adulterate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to debase by adding inferior material: to adulterate milk with water
 
adj
2.  adulterated; debased or impure
3.  a less common word for adulterous
 
[C16: from Latin adulterāre to corrupt, commit adultery, probably from alter another, hence to approach another, commit adultery]
 
adulter'ation
 
n
 
a'dulterator
 
n

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Word Origin and History for adulterate
adulterate
1590s, from L. adulterat-, pp. stem of adulterare "to falsify, corrupt" (see adulteration). Earlier verb was adulter (late 14c.).
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