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 (ə-dŭl′tə-rīn′, -rēn′)
1. Characterized by adulteration; spurious.
2. Born of adultery: adulterine offspring.

[Latin adulterīnus, from adulter, adulterer, perhaps back-formation from adulterāre, to pollute; see adulterate.]


(əˈdʌltərɪn; -ˌriːn; -ˌraɪn)
of or made by adulteration; fake


(əˈdʌltərɪn; -ˌriːn; -ˌraɪn)
conceived in adultery: an adulterine child.


(əˈdʌl təˌrin, -təˌraɪn)

1. marked by adulteration; spurious.
2. born of adultery.
3. illicit.
[1535–45; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adulterine - conceived in adulteryadulterine - conceived in adultery    
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
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