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[uh-duhl-tuh-reen, -tuh-rahyn]
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  1. characterized by adulteration; spurious.
  2. born of adultery.
  3. of or involving adultery.
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Origin of adulterine

1535–45; < Latin adulterīnus, equivalent to adulter adulterer, counterfeiter (see adulterer) + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for adulterine

Historical Examples

  • Under the treaty of Wallingford one thousand one hundred and fifteen adulterine castles were to be razed.

    Selections from Early Middle English 1130-1250: Part II: Notes


  • He sent Stephen's mercenaries over the sea and (p. 140) completed the destruction of the 'adulterine castles.'

  • Abrogation of every law establishing the civil inferiority of women and natural or adulterine children.

  • No attempt, however, seems to have been made forcibly to dissolve the adulterine gilds.

British Dictionary definitions for adulterine


  1. of or made by adulteration; fake
  2. conceived in adulteryan adulterine child
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