adul·​ter·​er ə-ˈdəl-tər-ər How to pronounce adulterer (audio)
: a person who commits adultery
especially : a man who commits adultery

Examples of adulterer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Picasso, a notorious adulterer known for his abusive behavior toward women, quickly began mistreating her. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2023 There are teenage call girls, pregnant adulterers, online strippers, goose-stepping racists, topless caterers, feuding relatives and men who cut off their manhood. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 His father, a member of the now-defunct Liberal Party, was anti-Europe but not aligned with the political right’s position on the issue, was prudish and chivalrous around women yet also a serial adulterer. Hugh Morris, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2023 The regime has barred women and girls from universities and some schools and the Taliban has invalidated thousands of divorces, forcing some women who remarried and are now considered adulterers to go on the run, The Washington Post reported this month. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2023 Inevitably, there is a suicide under a train, though it is motivated by something other than an adulterer’s despair—another sign, perhaps, of the author’s own ambitions, a desire to free herself from literary antecedents and to find an autonomous world of plot and theme. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 The floor is being run by Anika de Beer (Lucy Taylor), who is juggling blackmailing a rich adulterer into spending massive amounts of cash while also dealing with a casino official who wants to know why one of the whales coming in for a private game is using a fake name. Tanya Melendez,, 6 Mar. 2023 Tennyson, writing during the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, portrayed Arthur as a figure of moral stability and certainty, whereas Guinevere, in the light of Victorian morality, was an adulterer whose transgressions contributed to the general sickness of society. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 As confirmation to what James alluded to several times this season, his dad abandoned the family during his childhood after becoming a serial adulterer, with James now seeking clarity about and an apology for the lasting psychological effects of his behavior. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 9 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1506, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adulterer was circa 1506

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Cite this Entry

“Adulterer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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