Definition of adulterous in English:

adulterous

adjective

  • Of or involving adultery.

    ‘an adulterous affair’
    • ‘Its realistic portrayal of an adulterous affair was also very daring for the time.’
    • ‘Their adulterous love affair was discovered by the woman's husband.’
    • ‘In his short fiction Man-Eating Cats, he describes an adulterous affair not in terms of mere love but as total and complete empathy.’
    • ‘The veneer of middle-class respectability is laid bare for the cheating, backstabbing and adulterous world it really is in Leslie Darbon's play.’
    • ‘And for a man who for so long struggled to find fulfilment in love - even in an adulterous affair - the loss of the illusion might be hard to bear.’
    • ‘Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance star as a couple whose wordless, adulterous affair descends into paranoia and self-destruction.’
    • ‘His tie to her will last longer than most adulterous liaisons.’
    • ‘Well, I mean, it's very rare you see the defense bringing in adulterous affairs on the part of their client!’
    • ‘And at the heart of the book lies one of the most marvellous depictions of an adulterous affair in fiction.’
    • ‘It turns out that Hermanus is an adulterous hotbed of extramarital affairs.’
    • ‘An important point under Scots law is that an adulterous spouse cannot raise a divorce action, and it may not be in the best interests of the aggrieved spouse to do so.’
    • ‘The opera deals with a Protestant minister who publicly forgives his wife after discovering she has had an adulterous affair in his absence.’
    • ‘From two monologues we hear many voices describing the lovers' adulterous affair and their plan to kill Kesa's husband.’
    • ‘He was the result of an adulterous wartime affair.’
    • ‘Assume this to be a joke, an illness or a cover for an adulterous affair.’
    • ‘Given the nature of the protagonists, it was hard to believe the tales of a torrid, adulterous affair were true.’
    • ‘One of the factors that intensifies the excitement and tension of an adulterous affair is the danger of being caught.’
    • ‘Perhaps he feared that John might have forced him to give up his adulterous affair with his brother's wife Herodias?’
    • ‘It was still an adulterous affair, but the time-travel device distanced the audience from the fact.’
    • ‘They reasoned that after an adulterous three-year affair he was simply trying to do the right thing.’
    unfaithful, faithless, disloyal, untrue, inconstant, fickle, flighty, unreliable, untrustworthy, false, false-hearted, deceiving, deceitful, treacherous, traitorous
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from the obsolete noun adulter ‘adulterer’ (see adultery) + -ous.

Pronunciation

adulterous

/əˈdʌlt(ə)rəs/