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

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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 Francis appeared to be answering the criticism with his Holy Thursday Mass, choosing specifically to preach about how priests should accompany adulterers during a Mass meant to demonstrate the unity of priests with their bishops. Washington Post, "Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners," 29 Mar. 2018 The man started yelling and screaming at the couple for being adulterers. Kenny Ocker, The Seattle Times, "Armed and drunk, Enumclaw man interrupts campers’ alleged tryst," 30 May 2018 Blunt was another serial adulterer, who had pursued a torrid affair with Mary’s mother in the 1870s. Richard Davenport-hines, WSJ, "‘Those Wild Wyndhams’ Review: Gilded Captives of Their Time," 15 June 2018 Robert Mandan, the actor best known for his role as the adulterer Chester Tate on the ABC drama Soap, has died. Lynette Rice,, "Robert Mandan of 'Soap' fame dies at 86," 4 June 2018

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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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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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