• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adulterate mixed with impurities
    • v adulterate corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones "adulterate liquor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One punishment for an adulterous wife in medieval France was to make her chase a chicken through town naked.
    • Adulterate Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious.
    • Adulterate Tainted with adultery.
    • v. i Adulterate To commit adultery.
    • Adulterate To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coin, etc. "The present war has . . . adulterated our tongue with strange words."
    • Adulterate To defile by adultery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adulterate To debase or deteriorate by an admixture of foreign or baser materials or elements: as, to adulterate food, drugs, or coins; adulterated doctrines.
    • adulterate To graft; give a hybrid character to.
    • adulterate To defile by adultery.
    • adulterate Synonyms To mix, degrade, corrupt, contaminate, vitiate, alloy, sophisticate.
    • adulterate To commit adultery.
    • adulterate Tainted with adultery: as, “the adulterate Hastings,”
    • adulterate Debased by foreign mixture; adulterated: as, “adulterate copper,” Swift, Miscellanies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Adulterate ad-ult′ėr-āt to corrupt: to make impure (by mixing)
    • v.i Adulterate (obs.) to commit adultery
    • adj Adulterate defiled by adultery: spurious: corrupted by base elements
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  • Willa Cather
    “The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adulteratus, p. p. of adulterare, fr. adulter, adulterer, prob. fr. ad, + alter, other, properly one who approaches another on account of unlawful love. Cf. Advoutry


In literature:

It is also a favourite adulterant for otto of rose, and is used as a source of geraniol.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
You would merely be pointed at and passed up as a rather well-known young couple with adulterous proclivities.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
Being proven an adulterous woman, morally unfit for companionship with your child, your child will be taken away from you.
"Theft" by Jack London
How much adulteration will the liquor bear which is measured by drop?
"Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864" by Charles Lever
Thou hast said, that Thou wilt destroy those adulterous souls who depart from Thee.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
One hears that everything of that sort is so frightfully adulterated in this country.
"Three Margarets" by Laura E. Richards
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
That guano which I got from Walker is adulterated.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Montaigne was a Gascon, and Gasconisms adulterate the purity of his French.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Here evil characterized as adulterous has actually come to a place of leadership in the Church.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon

In poetry:

Foetid Buchanan lifted up his voice
When that faun's head of hers
Became a pastime for
Painters and adulterers.
"Yeux Glauques" by Ezra Pound
The bubble-dancer, the deep-sea diver,
The bureaucrat, the adulterer,
Hide private parts which I disclose
To those who know what a poem knows.
"What Curious Dresses All Men Wear" by Delmore Schwartz
It is so hateful to the Pow'r divine
And all his angels, that he won't permit
The brethren with adulterers to dine,
And those who such impurities commit.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
HEAR my advice, Adulterer obscene!
And often in thy mind these precepts roll,
E'er thou dost haste with appetite unclean,
And headlong passion to destroy thy soul.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
A Charmer's but a factor for the fiend,
Taught the unthinking vulgar to deceive,
Who take much pains to quit their real friend,
And to the fiend adulterously cleave.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
Worse than a thief, worse than a murd'rer still,
Worse is th' adulterer, than all the rest,
Who, by one act, two precious souls does kill,
Even his mistress's, whom he caress'd.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

FDA/USDA trace adulterated animal feed to poultry.
Eat'n Park borrows NASA tactic to help reduce food adulteration , fraud.
NOW Foods (Bloomingdale, IL) wanted to attack the issue of adulterated food with unparalleled vigor.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting authority to require entities in the food supply chain to implement measures solely intended to protect against the intentional adulteration of food.
Ron Paul Calls MLK a "Hero"—After Newsletter Trashed Him as a "World-Class Adulterer ".
Park Slope Is New York's Second Most Adulterous Neighborhood, Says
Serial bullies, serial adulterers, gold-diggers, pedophiliac priests, rapists, child molesters, terrorists and serial killers are all examples of people with NPD.
Still, she was painted by history as an adulterous spendthrift who lived a life of excess while the French people starved.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Grand Jury Indictment Includes Conspiracy to Defraud, Adulterated Device Shipments and Mail Fraud.
The IPEC Federation has issued a statement on the use of phthalates in pharmaceutical products in response to reports of adulteration of certain nutritional supplements, vitamins, foods, and beverages imported from Taiwan.
Two allegedy adulterous women were recently sentenced to stoning deaths in North Sudan.
The adulterous partner is often no more attractive than a man's spouse.
One television commentator this week cheered the actions of adulterous men, celebrating their testosterone levels and manhood.
But throughout our history, leading generals—in all probability including Dwight Eisenhower while he was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces—have engaged in adulterous affairs.

In science:

Take a random deck of cards and “adulterate” it by removing at random kn cards and then replacing them in increasing order.
When the law of large numbers fails for increasing subsequences of random permutations
Then asymptotically, as n → ∞, it is possible to detect this adulteration if kn is of an order larger than n4/9 , while it is not possible to detect the adulteration if kn = o(n2/5 ).
When the law of large numbers fails for increasing subsequences of random permutations
Secondly, of greater concern is the potential adulteration in the TD state of the thermal component by the power-law component, which can have an uncertain and sizable effect on the fitted value of the black-hole spin parameter.
A Simple Comptonization Model