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adulterating


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adulterate  \A*dul"ter*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Adulterated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Adulterating}.]  [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}.] 
  1.  To  defile  by  adultery.  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  2.  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  --Spectator. 
 
  Syn:  To  corrupt;  defile;  debase;  contaminate;  vitiate; 
  sophisticate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adulterating 
  adj  :  making  impure  or  corrupt  by  adding  extraneous  materials; 
  "the  adulterating  effect  of  extraneous  materials"  [syn: 
  {adulterant}]  [ant:  {purifying}] 




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