from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.
- adj. Spurious; adulterated.
- adj. Adulterous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to commit adultery.
- adj. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.
- v. To corrupt.
- v. To spoil by adding impurities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To defile by adultery.
- transitive v. To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance
- intransitive v. To commit adultery.
- adj. Tainted with adultery.
- adj. Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To debase or deteriorate by an admixture of foreign or baser materials or elements: as, to adulterate food, drugs, or coins; adulterated doctrines.
- To graft; give a hybrid character to.
- To defile by adultery.
- Synonyms To mix, degrade, corrupt, contaminate, vitiate, alloy, sophisticate.
- To commit adultery.
- Tainted with adultery: as, “the adulterate Hastings,”
- Debased by foreign mixture; adulterated: as, “adulterate copper,” Swift, Miscellanies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mixed with impurities
- v. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
Latin adulterāre, adulterāt-, to pollute; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dated 16th Century CE; modified from adulteration, likely with earlier origin in the Latin past‐participle adulteratus. (Wiktionary)