1. Tending to commit adultery.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      , I.v.
      Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
      With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts-
      O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power
      So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust
      The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.
  2. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.
    • 1641, John Milton, Of Prelatical Episcopacy.
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adulterate (adulterates, present participle adulterating; past and past participle adulterated)

  1. To corrupt.
    • 1692, John Milton, A Defence of the People of England, in Answer to Salmasius's Defence of the King, tr. of Defensio pro Populo Anglicano, Ch. XII.
      quote en
  2. To spoil by adding impurities.
    to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coins, etc.
    • Spectator
      The present war has […] adulterated our tongue with strange words.
  3. To commit adultery.
  4. To defile by adultery.
    • 1649 February, John Milton, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates.
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  • Russian: разбавля́ть
  • Russian: прелюбоде́йствовать

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