- Adulterate is defined as something that has been diluted with lesser quality ingredients.
When fast food restaurants are accused of using beaks and feet to make their chicken nuggets, it is an example of an adulterate addition.
- The definition of adulterate can describe a person or thing contaminated by the act of being unfaithful.
A woman who cheats on her husband is an example of an adulterate woman.
- Adulterate means to make something inferior or less pure by adding something harmful or of a lower quality.
An example of adulterate is when an organic beauty company adds harsh or harmful chemicals to their products.
Origin: ; from Classical Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, to falsify ; from adulter, an adulterer, counterfeiter ; from ad-, to plush alter, other, another
- guilty of adultery; adulterous
- adulterated; not genuine
- adulterator noun
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transitive verb a·dul·ter·at·ed, a·dul·ter·at·ing, a·dul·ter·ates
- Spurious; adulterated.
Origin: Latin adulterāre, adulterāt-, to pollute; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
- a·dulˌter·aˈtion noun
- a·dulˈter·aˌtor noun