adul·​ter·​er | \ ə-ˈdəl-tər-ər How to pronounce adulterer (audio) \

Definition of adulterer

: a person who commits adultery especially : a man who commits adultery

Examples of adulterer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Congolese who died at the 1897 fair were refused tombs in the consecrated part of the nearby parish cemetery, and were buried instead in a common grave in the ground reserved for suicides, paupers, prostitutes, and adulterers. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 Further solidifying that everything will get rebooted eventually, Deadline is reporting that Netflix is working on a prequel series to Chinatown, Roman Polanski’s 1974 movie about a private eye on the tail of an adulterer. Wired, "Fans May or May Not Get a Joker Sequel," 21 Nov. 2019 Though Trump and Clinton both may have been accused of being serial adulterers, the rage that 21st century Democrats have about Trump’s comportment bears no relation to the fury 1990s Republicans had for Clinton’s behavior. David Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "The impeachment process, no matter how frequent, is never the same," 2 Oct. 2019 Republicans seem heavily inclined to back the incumbent adulterer. The Editors, National Review, "Let Republican Voters Choose," 12 Sep. 2019 Our true challenge lies not with the drag queens without but rather with the adulterers and abusers within. David French, National Review, "Two Painful Truths of America’s Religious Culture War," 19 June 2019 Scripture commands Christians to behave in ways that reflect God, not man, but the president’s evangelical supporters are celebrating a repeat adulterer who embodies American hedonism where pleasure and happiness are the highest goods. Erick Erickson, Washington Post, "A word too far? Some evangelicals may have reached the breaking point with Trump.," 19 Jan. 2018 Their camp is headed by a thrice-married adulterer who paid off two different women during his campaign and then won the White House. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019 These episodes are unsavory occasions for voyeurism, and an apology adds nothing except a warm tingle of sanctimony for those who chase the adulterers with torches and pitchforks. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of adulterer

circa 1506, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adulterer

alteration (conformed to Latin adulter) of Middle English advowtrer, avowtrer, advouterer, avouterer, from avouter, avowtier "adulterer" (borrowed from Anglo-French avuiltre, avouter, going back to Latin adulter, noun derivative of adulterāre "to commit adultery with, pollute, adulterate entry 1") + -er -er entry 2

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The first known use of adulterer was circa 1506

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19 Jan 2020

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“Adulterer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adulterer

: a married person who has sex with someone who is not that person's wife or husband : a person who commits adultery

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