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What does adulterer mean?
An adulterer is someone who engages in adultery—a consensual sexual relationship or encounter between someone who’s married and a person they’re not married to (who may or may not be married to someone else).
Typically, for something to be considered adultery, at least one of the partners must be married. In other words, the adulterers can be two people who are both married to other people, or a married person and a nonmarried person. In any case, the word adulterer can be applied to both people in the adulterous relationship (not just the one who’s married).
On the other hand, calling someone unfaithful or saying that they cheated means that they engaged in a (usually sexual) relationship while they or the other person (or both) were in a committed relationship with someone else—not necessarily marriage.
When it happens with someone other than one’s spouse, a long-term relationship (often called an affair), a single sexual encounter, or anything in between can be considered to constitute adultery. In some cases, a relationship may even be considered adultery when it’s nonsexual but intimate (this is sometimes called an emotional affair).
The word adultery is especially used in a religious context, in which it’s often considered a sin. It’s also sometimes used in a legal context, such as during divorce proceedings. Adultery is a crime in some places (including in some U.S. states, though people aren’t often charged for it).
Adultery is associated with a considerable amount of stigma. The word adulterer is always used negatively and implies a critical judgment of such actions.
The word adulterer can refer to a person of any gender. The word adulteress, though, specifically refers to a woman who has engaged in adultery. (It has been more common throughout history for women to be blamed—and punished—for adulterous relationships than men.)
Example: He’s a serial adulterer who doesn’t even attempt to hide his affairs.
Where does adulterer come from?
The first records of the word adulterer come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb adulterāre, meaning “to defile.” The same word is the basis of the English verb adulterate, meaning “to debase” or “to make impure.” Adulterers are usually adults, but the word adult is based on a different root.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” is one of the Ten Commandments, and adultery is specifically prohibited by multiple religions and even some laws. It’s in this context that you’re most likely to hear the word adulterer. In the past, adultery was sometimes used in a more general way to refer to any type of sexual activity considered sinful. Today, however, calling someone an adulterer typically means that at least one of the partners in the relationship is married.
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Adulterer is typically used in a judgmental way.
Hamilton's argument in the Reynolds pamphlet is basically: I'm an honest public servant. I did nothing fishy with government funds. In reality, I'm an adulterer who was paying blackmail payments.
— Joanne Freeman (@jbf1755) July 4, 2020
I learnt the most from the people who don't practice what they preach. A thief told me that stealing ain't good. An adulterer warned me about adultery. A porn addict told me that porn is bad. Some are in too deep & the best they can do is to tell yu not to do what they do. Listen
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Example sentences from the Web for adulterer
By the time of this third episode of Season 1, we were well aware of Don as a liar, cad, and adulterer.The 10 Most Essential TV Episodes From ‘Sopranos,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and More|Brett Martin|June 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Suppose that I want to know if I am about to be caught as an adulterer, which is question 100.
What satisfaction is to be made by a fornicator or adulterer?A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
But give me your right hands, and your honour, that the adulterer shall not come off unpunished.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
He is an adulterer and a "shape-shifter," like all medicine-men and savage sorcerers.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Andrew Lang
And even if their wives commit adultery, action is never taken against the woman, but against the adulterer.
The story runs that one day a Greek asked a Spartan what punishment was meted out in Sparta to the adulterer.Woman under socialism|August Bebel