Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-DUL'TER-ATE – A-DUS'TION
A-DUL'TER-ATE, v.t. [L. adultero, from adulter, mixed, or an adulterer; ad and alter, other.]
To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of baser materials; as, to adulterate liquors, or the coin of a country. – Boyle.
Corrupted; debased by a mixture with something of less value.
In an adulterate manner.
The quality or state of being debased or counterfeited.
Debasing: corrupting; counterfeiting.
The act of adulterating, or the state of being adulterated, corrupted or debased by foreign mixture. The adulteration of liquors, of drugs, and even of bread and beer, is a common, but a scandalous crime.
A-DUL'TER-ER, n. [L. adulter.]
- A man guilty of adultery; a man who has sexual commerce with any married woman, except his wife. [see Adultery.]
- In Scripture, an idolater. – Ezek. xxiii.
- An apostate from the true faith, or one who violates his covenant engagements; a very wicked person. – Jer. ix. and xxiii.
- One devoted to earthly things. – James iv.
A married woman guilty of incontinence.
Proceeding from adulterous commerce; spurious. – Hall.
In the civil law, a child issuing from an adulterous connection.
- Guilty of adultery; pertaining to adultery.
- In Scripture, idolatrous, very wicked. – Matt. xii. and xvi. Mark viii.
In an adulterous manner.
A-DUL'TER-Y, n. [L. adulterium. See Adulterate.]
- Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or may introduce, into a family, a spurious offspring. By the laws of Connecticut, the sexual intercourse of any man with a married woman, is the crime of adultery in both; such intercourse of a married man with an unmarried woman, is fornication in both, and adultery of the man, within the meaning of the law respecting divorce; but not a felonious adultery in either, or the crime of adultery at common law, or by statute. This latter offense is, in England, proceeded with only in the ecclesiastical courts. In common usage, adultery means the unfaithfulness of any married person to the marriage bed. In England, Parliament grant absolute divorces for infidelity to the marriage bed in either party; and the spiritual courts divorce a mensa et toro.
- In a Scriptural sense, all manner of lewdness or unchastity, as in the seventh commandment.
- In Scripture, idolatry, or apostasy from the true God. – Jer. iii.
- In old laws, the fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
- In ecclesiastical affairs, the intrusion of a person into a bishopric, during the life of the bishop. – Encyc.
- Among ancient naturalists, the grafting of trees was called adultery, being considered as an unnatural union. – Pliny.
The state of being adult.
AD-UM'BRANT, a. [See Adumbrate.]
Giving a faint shadow, or slight resemblance.
AD-UM'BRATE, v.t. [L. adumbro, to shade, from umbra, a shade; Fr. ombre; Sp. sombra; It. ombra.]
To give a faint shadow, or slight likeness; to exhibit a faint resemblance, like a shadow.
- The act of making a shadow or faint resemblance.
- A faint sketch; an imperfect representation of a thing. – Bacon.
- In heraldry, the shadow only of a figure, outlined, and painted of a color darker than the field. – Dict.
AD-U-NA'TION, n. [L. ad and unus, unio.]
The state of being united; union. [Not used.] Cranmer.
AD-UN'CI-TY, n. [L. aduncitas, hookedness, of ad and uncus, a hook.]
Hookedness; a bending in form of a hook. – Arbuthnot.
AD-UN'COUS, a. [L. aduncus.]
Hooked; bent or made in the form of a hook. – Bacon.
AD-UNQUE', a. [adunk'.]
Hooked. [Not used.] – Bacon.
A-DURE', v.t. [L. aduro, ad and uro, to burn.]
To burn up. [Not used.] – Bacon.
A-DUST', a. [L. adustus, burnt, the participle of aduro, to burn.]
Burnt; scorched; become dry by heat; hot and fiery.
Become hot and dry; burnt; scorched.
The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; a state of being thus heated or dried.