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noun, plural in·fi·del·i·ties.
  1. marital disloyalty; adultery.
  2. unfaithfulness; disloyalty.
  3. lack of religious faith, especially Christian faith.
  4. a breach of trust or a disloyal act; transgression.
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Origin of infidelity

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin infidēlitās, equivalent to infidēli(s) unfaithful (see infidel) + -tās -ty2
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Related Words for infidelities

treachery, affair, betrayal, duplicity, adultery, cheating, falseness, falsity, unfaithfulness, perfidy, perfidiousness, treason, lewdness, inconstancy, two-timing

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Contemporary Examples of infidelities

Historical Examples of infidelities

  • So may our soul repay her debt to God for her past infidelities.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • I was flying from the danger of my own infidelities, not to save my husband from his.

  • Do not blame me for infidelities committed before I knew you, Anglique!

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • We hear on all sides of the infidelities she permitted herself.

  • George, by the way, hasn't the remotest idea of "Bert's" infidelities.

    Passing By

    Maurice Baring

British Dictionary definitions for infidelities


noun plural -ties
  1. lack of faith or constancy, esp sexual faithfulness
  2. lack of religious faith; disbelief
  3. an act or instance of disloyalty
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Word Origin and History for infidelities



c.1400, "want of faith, unbelief in religion; false belief, paganism;" also (early 15c.) "unfaithfulness or disloyalty to a person" (originally to a sovereign, by 16c. to a lover or spouse), from French infidélité, from Latin infidelitatem (nominative infidelitas) "unfaithfulness, faithlessness," noun of quality from infidelis (see infidel).

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