adulterine

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈdʌltəraɪn/
  • (US) enPR: ə-dŭlʹtə-rīn, IPA(key): /əˈdʌltəraɪn/ or enPR: ə-dŭlʹtə-rēn, IPA(key): /əˈdʌltəriːn/

Etymology[edit]

From Latin adulterinus

Adjective[edit]

adulterine (comparative more adulterine, superlative most adulterine)

  1. Spurious; due to adulteration.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.1.i:
      a knave apothecary, that administers the physick, and makes the medicine, may do infinite harm, by his old obsolete doses, adulterine druggs, bad mixtures, quid pro quo, &c.
  2. Born of adultery.
  3. Pertaining to adultery.
  4. Illegal; unlicensed.
    • Adam Smith
      When any particular class of artificers or traders thought proper to act as a corporation without a charter, such were called adulterine guilds.

Noun[edit]

adulterine (plural adulterines)

  1. (rare) One born of an adulterous union.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

adulterine

  1. feminine plural of adulterino

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

adulterīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of adulterīnus