adulterous

adjective adul·ter·ous \ ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rəs \
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of adulterous

: relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery
  • an adulterous affair
  • an adulterous wife

adulterously

adverb

Examples of adulterous in a Sentence

  1. had an adulterous affair that nearly destroyed his marriage

Recent Examples of adulterous from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adulterous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of adulterous

alteration (conformed to Latin adulter "impure, given to adultery") of earlier advouterous, going back to Middle English advouterose, from avowter "given to adultery" (borrowed from Anglo-French avuiltre, avoutre, going back to Latin adulter) + -ous -ous, -ose 1-ose — more at adulterer


Law Dictionary

adulterous

adjective adul·ter·ous \ ə-ˈdəl-tə-rəs \

legal Definition of adulterous

: relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery

adulterously

adverb

Learn More about adulterous


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up adulterous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to treat with excessive attention

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!