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Monday, November 17, 2008

Definitions for adulterate

  1. to add an inferior, impure, or improper substance to; lower the quality or purity of a food or other substance without greatly altering the appearance; corrupt
  2. debased by adulteration; adulterated

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Citations for adulterate
It would seem as if some men considered it a sin ever to sell a pure article, if it be possible to adulterate it with something cheaper. , New York Times
Industrial plant directors bent upon fulfilling the Plan adulterate their products to increase quantity. Lance Morrow, Time
Origin of adulterate
1580-1590
by 1505, from Latin adulterationem, from adulteratus, pp. of adulterare "corrupt, debauch," from ad- "to" + Late Latin alterare "to alter"
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