adulteration


adulteration

noun

  1. the act or process of adulterating.
  2. the state of being adulterated.
  3. something adulterated.
n.

c.1500, from Latin adulterationem (nominative adulteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of adulterare “corrupt, falsify; debauch; commit adultery,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + Late Latin alterare “to alter” (see alter).

n.

  1. The alteration, especially the debasement, of a substance by deliberately adding something not ordinarily a part of it.

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