adul·​ter·​ess | \ ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adulteress (audio) \
variants: or less commonly adultress \ ə-​ˈdəl-​trəs How to pronounce adulteress (audio) \

Definition of adulteress

: a woman who commits adultery

Examples of adulteress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In any case, whether Mary Ellen is seen as the flighty adulteress who deservedly dies a sad early death or as the unfortunate source of Meredith’s creative invention, the woman herself, in all her complexity, seems to disappear. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "An Undisappearing Act," 17 Nov. 2020 Jesus’s treatment of the adulteress separates legislation from morality for perhaps the first time in history. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "China’s Communist Christ," 1 Oct. 2020 The story of Jesus and the adulteress is clearly impermissible to the Party in its original form. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "China’s Communist Christ," 1 Oct. 2020 Despite her grim fate, Tolstoy’s adulteress was treated with relative sympathy and complexity compared to her French antecedents. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "The Everyday Inspiration for Anna Karenina," 19 Aug. 2020 In cinema, there’s Elizabeth Taylor’s artist-cum-adulteress in Vincente Minnelli’s drama film The Sandpiper. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 As queen, Anne Boleyn was recognized more for being a fashionista and an adulteress than for her sincere work to improve the lives of the poor. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the brutal anniversary of a royal beheading," 17 May 2018 The husband agreed to not post the video but wanted the police report to reflect that his wife is an adulteress. Stephanie Farr,, "The best of Phoenixville's police blotter," 24 Jan. 2018 Trump nominates adulteress to be Vatican Ambassador. Jeff Darcy,, "Trump's awkward Vatican visit and ambassador choice: Darcy cartoon," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of adulteress

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adulteress

alteration (conformed to Latin adulter) of Middle English avoutresse, advowteresse, borrowed from Anglo-French avouteresse, from avouter adulterer + -esse -ess

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“Adulteress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adulteress

: a married woman who has sex with a man who is not her husband : a woman who commits adultery

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