adulterate

[v. uh-duhl-tuh-reyt; adj. uh-duhl-ter-it, -tuh-reyt]
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

adulterator, noun
unadulterate, adjective

adulterer, adulterate.
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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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adulterate
1590s, from L. adulterat-, pp. stem of adulterare "to falsify, corrupt" (see adulteration). Earlier verb was adulter (late 14c.).
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Example sentences
And because counterfeits are made in clandestine and often unsanitary factories, they might be adulterated with toxic ingredients.
They suppress scandals involving adulterated food products that sicken hundreds of thousands.
His misdeeds included selling adulterated cement, the police said, and dealing in stolen goods.
Adulterated cocaine is often a white, offwhite or pinkish powder.
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