One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who commits adultery.
philanderer, deceiver, womanizer, ladies' man, playboy, don juan, casanova, lothario, romeo, seducer, libertine, rake, reprobate, wanton, profligate, lecher, debauchee, sinnerView synonyms
- ‘Adam is seeing a married woman and I did not raise my sons to be adulterers.’
- ‘As long as the adulterer was discreet and the wife either didn't know what was going on or was willing to pretend she didn't know, everybody else also pretended not to know.’
- ‘In Jean Renoir's magnificent, near morbid class structure comedy The Rules of the Game, we learn that the most insular of communities, the supposedly noble aristocracy, is filled with liars, cheats, and unabashed adulterers.’
- ‘Contemporary chroniclers mainly describe her as an adulterer and temptress.’
- ‘Infidelity is likewise immoral, but do we really want to throw adulterers in jail?’
- ‘Tensions erupted when one company's officers and troops accused their counterparts in the other unit of not restraining the two adulterers.’
- ‘Legislators stopped short of making adultery illegal but will consider making adulterers liable to compensate their spouses in divorce settlements.’
- ‘The film shows LaBute's low opinion of the relations between the sexes, but Marber's four criss-crossing adulterers are simply fickle and valueless, rather than possessing the conscious cruelty of LaBute's males.’
- ‘In War and Peace, the two chief couples achieve in marriage the supreme happiness that the adulterers and other lovers cannot; their initial erotic transports fade into comfortable habit but remain the basis of a solid and lasting love.’
- ‘‘Strike the adulteress and the adulterer one hundred times’ may seem harsh but it is certainly not sexist.’
- ‘As Gene points out, adultery has already become so widespread that the prosecution of adulterers is now unheard of, even if there is no effort underway to legalize such behavior.’
- ‘By the late eighteenth century, New England law enforcers arrested few fornicators or adulterers, though premarital and extramarital sex had hardly disappeared.’
- ‘Under the cloak of anonymity, lovers, adulterers and closet gamblers were free to behave appallingly.’
- ‘Its elegance lured virtuous men and women to mingle ‘promiscuously’ with the gamblers, prostitutes, and adulterers who still inhabited the night.’
- ‘All it would prove is that he was an adulterer who often cheated on his wife.’
- ‘As the law of 1580 prescribed a penalty of 50 years of banishment for adulterers, he was apparently convicted of adultery rather than incest.’
- ‘For example, the piece on adultery dealt with the son of an adulterer… and on how much the sins of the father had blighted his life and his relationships with other people.’
- ‘And, to make things worse, the two adulterers are trouncing the two cuckolds, their easy victory in the game somehow paralleling their upper hand in the complicated emotional relationships.’
Early 16th century: from the obsolete verb adulter ‘commit adultery’, from Latin adulterare ‘debauch, corrupt’, replacing an earlier Middle English noun avouterer, from Old French avoutrer ‘commit adultery’.
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