Adulterate Definition

ə-dŭltə-rāt
adulterated, adulterates, adulterating
verb
adulterated, adulterates, adulterating
To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.
American Heritage
To make inferior, impure, not genuine, etc. by adding a harmful, less valuable, or prohibited substance.
Webster's New World
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.
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Wiktionary

To spoil by adding impurities.

To adulterate food, drink, drugs, coins, etc.
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adjective
Spurious; adulterated.
American Heritage
Guilty of adultery; adulterous.
Webster's New World
Adulterous.
American Heritage
Adulterated; not genuine.
Webster's New World
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.
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Origin of Adulterate

  • Dated 16th Century CE; modified from adulteration, likely with earlier origin in the Latin past‐participle adulteratus.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin adulterāre adulterāt- to pollute al-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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