- voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
Origin of adultery
Related Words for adulteryinfidelity, affair, cheating, relationship, fling, matinee, immorality, fornication, thing, hanky-panky, two-timing
Examples from the Web for adultery
Contemporary Examples of adultery
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Pounding is charged with one count each of assault, adultery, and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Typically, adultery charges are added to cases where there have been other offenses.
The opera is a dark and passionate tale of adultery and greed.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
Then I think of the great writers of suburban misery (and drinking, and adultery), Updike and Cheever.An Author at Home in Lonely Landscapes
July 11, 2014
Historical Examples of adultery
She told me once that it was better to talk about adultery than to commit it!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
If there are children by this adultery, he will provide for them.
She often seeks divorce, even when adultery has not taken place.
Like the women in the sack of Ismail, they sit them down and watch for the adultery to begin.'Charge It'
Adultery does not of itself entail the dissolution of marriage.Bulgaria
- voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man or woman and a partner other than the legal spouse
Word Origin for adultery
Word Origin and History for adultery
"voluntary violation of the marriage bed," c.1300, avoutrie, from Old French avouterie (12c.), noun of condition from avoutre, from Latin adulterare "to corrupt" (see adulteration). Modern spelling, with the re-inserted -d-, is from early 15c. (see ad-).
In Middle English, also "sex between husband and wife for recreational purposes; idolatry, perversion, heresy." Classified as single adultery (with an unmarried person) and double adultery (with a married person). Old English word was æwbryce "breach of law(ful marriage)" (cf. German Ehebruch). Adultery Dune in Arizona corresponds to Navajo sei adilehe "adultery sand," where illicit lovers met privately.