noun, plural a·dul·ter·ies.
Examples from the Web for adultery
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Then I think of the great writers of suburban misery (and drinking, and adultery), Updike and Cheever.
Now, we cannot but agree with the Puritans, that adultery is not a subject for comedy at all.Plays and Puritans|Charles Kingsley
For many of this sex also, and of noble birth, were put to death on being convicted of adultery or unchastity.The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus|Ammianus Marcellinus
In short, adultery isn't so very reprehensible if the King doesn't know.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess|Henry W. Fischer
It gave me to understand that Muki was bringing an action against me for adultery.Eyes Like the Sea|Mr Jkai
Prejudices: celibacy of priests, futility of adultery, emancipation of woman.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2|Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for adultery
noun plural -teries
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.