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adultery

noun adul·tery \ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of adultery

  • : sex between a married person and someone who is not that person's wife or husband

Full Definition of adultery

plural adul·ter·ies

  1. :  voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband; also :  an act of adultery

Examples of adultery

  1. He found out that his wife had committed adultery.

  2. She accused her husband of adultery.



Origin of adultery

Middle English, alteration of avoutrie, from Anglo-French avulterie, from Latin adulterium, from adulter adulterer, back-formation from adulterare


First Known Use: 15th century



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