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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adultery

plural

adulteries

  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 in a sentence

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

  2. She accused her husband of adultery.



Origin and Etymology 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


Law Dictionary

adultery

noun adul·tery \ə-ˈdəl-tə-rē\

Legal Definition of adultery

  1. :  voluntary sexual activity (as sexual intercourse) between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband; also :  the crime of adultery — compare fornication

adulterer

\ə-ˈdəl-tə-rər\ play noun

adulteress

\-tə-rəs\ play noun




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