- 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.
- impure or debased; cheapened in quality or purity.
Origin of adulterate
Examples from the Web for adulterate
Montaigne was a Gascon, and Gasconisms adulterate the purity of his French.Classic French Course in English
William Cleaver Wilkinson
So little was drunk in England that it was not worth while to adulterate it.Seeing and Hearing
George W. E. Russell
Used in salads, paints, &c.; also to adulterate oil of almonds.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
But methinks he speaks with a spruce Attic accent of adulterate Spanish.The Works of John Marston
The florets of this yield a beautiful pink dye (see above), and are sometimes used to adulterate hay saffron.
- (tr) to debase by adding inferior materialto adulterate milk with water
- adulterated; debased or impure
- a less common word for adulterous
Word Origin and History for adulterate
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.