adulterous

[uh-duhl-ter-uh s]

adjective

characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit: an adulterous relationship.

Nearby words

  1. adulterate,
  2. adulteration,
  3. adulterer,
  4. adulteress,
  5. adulterine,
  6. adultery,
  7. adultescent,
  8. adulthood,
  9. adumbral,
  10. adumbrate

Origin of adulterous

1400–50; adulter(y) + -ous; replacing late Middle English avoutrious

Related formsa·dul·ter·ous·ly, adverbun·a·dul·ter·ous, adjectiveun·a·dul·ter·ous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for adulterous

adulterous

adjective

of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery
an obsolete word for adulterate (def. 2)
Derived Formsadulterously, adverb

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Word Origin and History for adulterous

adulterous

adj.

c.1400, avoutrious "addicted to adultery," from obsolete verb adulter (see adulterer) + -ous.

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