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adulterate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of adulterate

  1. 1 containing foreign or lower-grade substances the pharmacist was convicted of selling adulterate drugs in order to maximize profits Synonyms of adulterate impure, adulterated, alloyed, contaminated, dilute, diluted, polluted, tainted, thinned, weakenedWords Related to adulterate unclarified, unfiltered, unrefined; befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, corrupted, debased, defiled, dirtied, fouled, maculate (or maculated), soiled, spoiled, sullied; blended, commingled, incorporated, intermingled, intermixed, merged, mingled, mixed; coalesced, combined, compounded; cheapened, doctoredNear Antonyms of adulterate clarified, filtered, purified, refined, ultrarefined; neat, plain, straight; concentrated, strong; uncombined; pasteurized; sterile, sterilized; clean, immaculate, spotless, stainless, unsoiled, unsulliedAntonyms of adulterate fine, pure, ultrapure, unadulterated, unalloyed, uncontaminated, uncut, undiluted, unmixed, unpolluted, untainted

  2. 2 relating to or being a sexual encounter or relationship between a married person and someone other than their spouse caught red-handed in what he claimed was his first adulterate encounter Synonyms of adulterate adulterous, adulterine, extracurricular, extramarital, two-timingWords Related to adulterate premarital; promiscuous


adulterate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of adulterate

  1. to alter (something) for the worse with the addition of foreign or lower-grade substances the company was fined for adulterating its “all beef” frankfurters with cereal Synonyms of adulterate cut, dilute, extend, lace, sophisticate, thin, water down, weaken Words Related to adulterate load; befoul, contaminate, corrupt, defile, dirty, envenom, foul, infect, poison, pollute, soil, spoil, sully, taint; cheapen, debase, degrade; manipulate, misrepresent, tamper (with); counterfeit, fake, falsify, fudge; doctor, spike; attenuate, moderate, qualify, temper Near Antonyms of adulterate fertilize, lard; augment, reinforce (also reenforce), supplement; decontaminate, purify; clarify, clean, cleanse, distill (also distil), filter, flush, leach, pasteurize, purge, refine; better, enhance, improve; compact, concentrate, condense Antonyms of adulterate enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen



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