Definition of adultery in English:

adultery

noun

mass noun
  • Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse.

    ‘she was committing adultery with a much younger man’
    • ‘There are a lot of married men who are committing adultery in every new town they are moved to.’
    • ‘Hence, adultery was thought of as sinful for women since it was a violation of the man's property etc.’
    • ‘Am I to gather from this that adultery and unfaithfulness are being condoned?’
    • ‘Recent storylines have even been promoting adultery and sexual activities.’
    • ‘However, it has been held that the petitioner need not find it intolerable to live with the respondent because of his adultery.’
    • ‘The marriage has to be consummated before an extramarital affair becomes adultery.’
    • ‘That is why we have laws against assault, but we do not have laws against adultery or premarital sex.’
    • ‘You could hook up with someone else, but that would be adultery and adultery is wrong.’
    • ‘I didn't think that adultery was considered a crime, not by common law.’
    • ‘If married, the charge was not rape but adultery, and the case was heard in another court.’
    • ‘Among the seventeen great sins, unbelief is the greatest, more heinous than murder, theft, adultery and so on.’
    • ‘It is not enough not to commit adultery; lustful thoughts must be set aside too.’
    • ‘The moral code of the laity rigorously condemns adultery on the part of a woman.’
    • ‘She had left him during the period they held the licence, because of his adultery, but had returned to him.’
    • ‘Husbands and others frequently bring charges of adultery against such wives.’
    • ‘Does this mean that a story about a female adulterer is noteworthy because male adultery is commonplace?’
    • ‘Within three years he had tired of Anne Boleyn and she was beheaded in 1536, accused of treason and adultery.’
    • ‘Remarriage as adultery: Paul regarded it as adultery for a divorced person to remarry if the spouse was still alive.’
    • ‘He looks at his wife and his friend who he had so wrongfully accused of adultery 16 years ago.’
    • ‘At the end of April 1536, Anne was accused of adultery with several men and incest with her brother George.’
    unfaithfulness, infidelity, falseness, disloyalty, unchastity, cuckoldry, extramarital sex, extramarital relations
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Origin

Late 15th century: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter ‘adulterer’, replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from Old French avouterie.

Pronunciation

adultery

/əˈdʌlt(ə)ri/