- 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 adulterated
Deeming it to be “adulterated and misbranded,” they dyed the milk blue.Wisconsin Farmer to Stand Trial for Selling Raw Milk
May 12, 2013
Nature hates all false coloring and is ever best where she is least adulterated with art.The Praise of Folly
Nothing is more prejudicial to health than adulterated liquors, or liquors that are debased by any corrupting vegetable substance.
Chocolate is often adulterated with roasted rice and Pili nuts.The Philippine Islands
And even that will be stolen by the Liberals or adulterated by the Conservatives.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
This is usually white lead, but it is often adulterated with zinc oxide; 2.Handwork in Wood
- (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 adulterated
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.