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Monday, November 17, 2008

adulterate

\uh-DUHL-tuh-rayt\ , verb;
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
adjective:
1.
debased by adulteration; adulterated
Quotes:
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.
-- Adulterated Drugs, Drinks, and Diet, New York Times, October 23, 1949
Industrial plant directors bent upon fulfilling the Plan adulterate their products to increase quantity.
-- Lance Morrow, The Inscrutable Soviets, Time, May 9, 1972
The disciples also promised not to adulterate milk with water, or flour with powdered stone.
-- Atomic Vows, Time, May 14, 1946
Origin:
by 1505, from Latin adulterationem, from adulteratus, pp. of adulterare "corrupt, debauch," from ad- "to" + Late Latin alterare "to alter"
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