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 Cruz called the future president a pathological liar, narcissist and serial adulterer. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ted Cruz, affirming Trump’s refusal to concede, angles to be Trumpiest post-Trump contender," 13 Nov. 2020 By all accounts, the cultured, popular Pozzi was kind and generous; a devoted family man; and a serial adulterer with famous mistresses, including actress Sarah Bernhardt. Star Tribune, "Quarantine read: Readers suggest soothing books like 'The Man in the Red Coat'," 4 Sep. 2020 So on April 25th the government banned flogging as a punishment, to the relief of blasphemers, adulterers and liberals. The Economist, "Reform, Saudi style Saudi Arabia stops flogging," 2 May 2020 The city has long been a welcoming place for members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community, and also, traditionally, metropolitan adulterers absconding to the seaside for a dirty weekend. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 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

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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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24 Nov 2020

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“Adulterer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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