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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb adulterate:
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Adulterate (to corrupt or make impure) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
Definition of the adjective adulterate
What does adulterate mean as an attribute of a noun?
Alternative definition of the adjective adulterate
- Tending to commit adultery.
- Corrupted; impure; adulterated.
Definition of the verb adulterate
What does adulterate mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: adulterated | adulterating | adulterates
- corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
- example: adulterate liquor
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of adulterate: debase / dilute / load / stretch
- more generic words: corrupt / spoil = alter from the original
- more specific terms:
Alternative definition of the verb adulterate
- To corrupt.
- synonym: debase (2)
- To spoil by adding impurities.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adulterate
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by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland
In some States the statutes require that persons trafficking in intoxicating liquors shall not only procure a license, but shall take an oath,7 and give a bond,8 not to adulterate the liquors sold. 1. Boone v. State, 10 Tex. App. 418; s. c, 38 Am. Rep.
Encyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)
— Common pot-ashes, bought of them that sell it in (hops, who are not so foolishly knavish as to adulterate them with salt-petfe, which is much dearer than potashes . Boyle.
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Common pot-ashes, bought of them that sell it in shops, who are not so foolishly knavish as to adulterate them with salt-petre, which is much dearer than potashes . Boyle.— Could a man be composed to such an advantage of constitution, that ...
A Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)
To ADULTERATE. s. v. a. 1. To corrupt by some foreign admixture; to con- taminate. Common pot-ashes, bought of them that sell it in shops, who are not so foolishly knavish, as to adulterate them with saltpetre, which is much dearer than ...
Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1904)
by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft
unlawfully and fraudulently did adulterate, for the purpose of sale, a certain quantity of bread (or other substance, as the case may be), intended for food, with a certain poisonous substance, to wit, (specifying ...
Barclay's English Dictionary. With which is incorporated a complete modern gazetteer, a beautiful atlas of maps and also a pronouncing dictionary (1815)
by James Barclay (Curate of Edmonton.)
+ A D U To ADULTERATE, r. a. [adultero, Lat.] to violate the bed of a married person by unlawful knowledge. To corrupt or debase by some foreign mixture. ADULTERATE, a flowing from, or owing to the crime of adultery. Counterfeit; though ...
"Common pot-ashes, bought of them that sell it in shops, who are not so foolishly knavish as to adulterate them with salt-petre, which is maoh dearer than potashes." — Boyle. 2. Fig. (Of the mind) : To corrupt, to contaminate. " Could a man be ...
Abstracted from the Folio Edition by Samuel Johnson
ADULTERATE. a. [from the verb.] 1. Tainted with the guilt of adultery. Sb, 2. Corrupted with some foreign mixture. Swift.
A Dictionary of the English Language: in Wich the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers ... By Samuel Johnson. In Two Volumes. Vol. 1. [-2.] (1777)
Common pot-afhes, bought of them that fell it in shops, who are not fo foolishly knavish, as to adulterate them with faltPetre, which is much dearer than pot-afhes . Boyle, . Could a man be composed to fuch an advantage of constitution, that it ...
A Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning ... To which is Prefixed a Prosodial Grammar ... The Second Edition ... Enlarged (1790)
by Thomas SHERIDAN (M.A., Teacher of Elocution.)
To ADULTERATE, Acids-&afile. v. a. To commit adultery; to corrupt by some foreizn admixture. ADULTERATE, al-dul'-te-thte. a. Tainted with the guilt of adultery, corrupted with some foreign admixture. ADULTERATENESS, d-ddl"-te- rdteness'.
by David Crystal
Аdriatic adj e:drratik sp Adriaticke" adsum Lat v adsom spad sum' a-ducking vo dokin, -in Spa ducking > duck adulation n adjo le:sion, ad5оsp adulation Аdullas > Adallas adulterate adj т о doltrot, -torsp adulterate" adulterate / ~s y o'doltrots, ...
An Elementary Dictionary, Or, Cyclopaediae, for the Use of Maltsters, Brewers, Distillers, Rectifiers, Vinegar Manufacturers, and Others (1838)
by George Adolphus Wigney
Adulterate. For single brewings one copper is quite sufficient, the under back and cooling backs may advantageously be dispensed with, and the fermenting tuns are not absolutely necessary, yet are they convenient. In dispensing with the ...
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Scrabble value of A1D2U1L1T1E1R1A1T1E1
The value of this 10-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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