adul·​ter·​ine | \ ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrīn , -ˌrēn\

Definition of adulterine

1a : marked by adulteration : spurious
b : illegal
2 : born of adultery

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adulterine fiction often portrays the illicit lovers sympathetically

First Known Use of adulterine

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adulterine

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adulterin, borrowed from Latin adulterīnus, from adulter adulterer + -īnus -ine entry 1

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The first known use of adulterine was in 1542

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