adulterate

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Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

adulterate (comparative more adulterate, superlative most adulterate)

  1. Tending to commit adultery.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, I.v.
      Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
      With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts-
      O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power
      So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust
      The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.
  2. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.

Verb[edit]

adulterate (third-person singular simple present adulterates, present participle adulterating, simple past and past participle adulterated)

  1. To corrupt.
  2. To spoil by adding impurities.
    to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coins, etc.
    • Spectator
      The present war has [] adulterated our tongue with strange words.
  3. To commit adultery.
  4. To defile by adultery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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References[edit]

  • adulterate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

adulterate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of adulterare
  2. second-person plural imperative of adulterare
  3. feminine plural of adulterato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

adulterāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of adulterō