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Adulterate (adjective)

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Adu'lterate. adj. [from To adulterate.]

  1. Tainted with the guilt of adultery.

    I am possess'd with an adulterate blot;
    My blood is mingled with the grime of lust;
    Being strumpeted by thy contagion.
    Shakesp. Comedy of Err.

    —— That incestuous, that adulterate beast. Idem, Hamlet.

  2. Corrupted with some foreign mixture.

    It does indeed differ no more, than the maker of adulterate wares does from the vender of them. Governm. of the Tongue.

    They will have all their gold and silver, and may keep their adulterate copper at home; for we are determined not to purchase it with our manufactures. Swift's Miscellanies.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adulterate (adjective)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 19, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15432.


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