adul·​ter·​ine | \ ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrīn How to pronounce adulterine (audio) , -ˌrēn\

Definition of adulterine

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

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Examples of adulterine in a Sentence

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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