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[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’
unfaithfulness, infidelity, falseness, disloyalty, unchastity, cuckoldry, extramarital sex, extramarital relationsaffair, liaison, intrigue, amour, entanglement, flirtationcheating, two-timing, fooling around, playing around, playing the field, carryings-on, hanky-panky, a bit on the sidefornicationView synonyms
- ‘That is why we have laws against assault, but we do not have laws against adultery or premarital sex.’
- ‘Husbands and others frequently bring charges of adultery against such wives.’
- ‘Am I to gather from this that adultery and unfaithfulness are being condoned?’
- ‘The marriage has to be consummated before an extramarital affair becomes adultery.’
- ‘It is not enough not to commit adultery; lustful thoughts must be set aside too.’
- ‘Within three years he had tired of Anne Boleyn and she was beheaded in 1536, accused of treason and adultery.’
- ‘He looks at his wife and his friend who he had so wrongfully accused of adultery 16 years ago.’
- ‘The moral code of the laity rigorously condemns adultery on the part of a woman.’
- ‘Recent storylines have even been promoting adultery and sexual activities.’
- ‘If married, the charge was not rape but adultery, and the case was heard in another court.’
- ‘At the end of April 1536, Anne was accused of adultery with several men and incest with her brother George.’
- ‘Hence, adultery was thought of as sinful for women since it was a violation of the man's property etc.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She had left him during the period they held the licence, because of his adultery, but had returned to him.’
- ‘Remarriage as adultery: Paul regarded it as adultery for a divorced person to remarry if the spouse was still alive.’
- ‘However, it has been held that the petitioner need not find it intolerable to live with the respondent because of his adultery.’
- ‘Does this mean that a story about a female adulterer is noteworthy because male adultery is commonplace?’
- ‘Among the seventeen great sins, unbelief is the greatest, more heinous than murder, theft, adultery and so on.’
- ‘There are a lot of married men who are committing adultery in every new town they are moved to.’
Late 15th century: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter adulterer, replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from Old French avouterie.
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