Adultera'tion. n.s. [from adulterate.]
- The act of adulterating or corrupting by foreign mixture; contamination.
To make the compound pass for the rich metal simple, is an adulteration or counterfeiting: but if it be done avowedly, and without disguising, it may be a great saving of the richer metal. Bacon's Natural History, № 798.
- The state of being adulterated, or contaminated.
Such translations are like the adulteration of the noblest wines, where something of the colour, spirit, and flavour, will remain; and, while they please some injudicious palates, do only raise the indignation of every good taste. Felton on the Class.