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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-duhl-tuh-reen, -tuh-rahyn]
    • /əˈdʌl təˌrin, -təˌraɪn/
    • /ədˈʌltərˌiːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-duhl-tuh-reen, -tuh-rahyn]
    • /əˈdʌl təˌrin, -təˌraɪn/

Definitions of adulterine word

  • adjective adulterine of or made by adulteration; fake 3
  • adjective adulterine conceived in adultery 3
  • adjective adulterine of adultery 3
  • adjective adulterine due to adulteration 3
  • adjective adulterine characterized by adulteration; spurious. 1
  • adjective adulterine born of adultery. 1

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Origin of adulterine

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < Latin adulterīnus, equivalent to adulter adulterer, counterfeiter (see adulterer) + -īnus -ine1

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Parts of speech for Adulterine


adulterine popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adulterine

adj adulterine

  • cheating — an instance of rule-breaking
  • untrue — not true, as to a person or a cause, to fact, or to a standard.
  • deceitful — If you say that someone is deceitful, you mean that they behave in a dishonest way by making other people believe something that is not true.
  • faithless — not adhering to allegiance, promises, vows, or duty: the faithless behavior of Benedict Arnold.
  • fickle — likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.

adjective adulterine

  • adulterous — An adulterous relationship is a sexual relationship between a married person and someone they are not married to. An adulterous person is someone who commits adultery.
  • disloyal — false to one's obligations or allegiances; not loyal; faithless; treacherous.

Antonyms for adulterine

adj adulterine

  • loyal — faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
  • trustworthy — deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable: The treasurer was not entirely trustworthy.
  • faithful — strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

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