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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
by 1505, from Latin adulterationem, from adulteratus, pp. of adulterare "corrupt, debauch," from ad- "to" + Late Latin alterare "to alter"