adul·​ter·​at·​ed ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce adulterated (audio)
: weakened or lessened in purity by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element
adulterated food

Examples of adulterated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company in 2020 pleaded guilty to distributing adulterated ice-cream products and agreed to pay a fine over the outbreak. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2023 And while most of those overdoses involved the illicit synthetic opioid fentanyl, experts say that an adulterated and contaminated drug supply is also leading to deaths. Nadia Kounang, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Navarro, who pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in August, was sentenced Friday in Manhattan by federal Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil for being part of a conspiracy to distribute and administer adulterated and misbranded drugs for racehorses. Stephen Edelson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Dec. 2021 Brasch, 61, of Skokie, is specifically charged with receipt in interstate commerce and delivery of an adulterated device, the release said., 9 Dec. 2021 Navarro and Rhein pleaded guilty to their roles in the distribution of adulterated and misbranded drugs. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 11 Aug. 2021 Two executives from Quality Eggs, a company linked to Wright County Eggs and Hillandale Farms, pleaded guilty to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 29 May 2021 In May, Blue Bell — based in Brenham, about 70 miles northwest of Houston — pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated products. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2020 Others are planning to stick with takeout indefinitely, preferring it to an adulterated dine-in experience. Janelle Bitker,, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


from past participle of adulterate entry 1

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adulterated was in 1610

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“Adulterated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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