adul·​ter·​ous | \ ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adulterous (audio) \

Definition of adulterous

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

Other Words from adulterous

adulterously adverb

Examples of adulterous in a Sentence

had an adulterous affair that nearly destroyed his marriage
Recent Examples on the Web Introduced as the adulterous sister of Jennifer Sullivan Hughes, the loving but fiery Kim later became one of ATWT's most popular characters, aging into the Hughes family's matriarchal figure. Tyler Aquilina,, 9 Apr. 2022 Fourteen years after Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh had embarked on an adulterous affair — leading them to abandon their spouses and children, unable to tear themselves apart, finally marrying in 1940 — their all-consuming love had begun to fray. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Mar. 2022 The seemingly good-natured Vic has his own habit, which involves murdering the adulterous Melinda's boyfriends with near-clockwork regularity. Clark Collis,, 19 Mar. 2022 The supporting cast includes Megan Fox as Garcia's adulterous wife and Oscar Isaac as the weirdest gangster ever. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2022 Lots of women have a feel-good story of bonding with another woman over the same caddish, disrespectful, or adulterous dude. Nona Willis Aronowitz, ELLE, 15 Feb. 2022 It’s never the adulterous urinating or alte kaker underwear-sniffing that shock me. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Their friendship evolves into an adulterous affair behind the back of Joe's wife Love (Victoria Pedretti), whose impulsive homicidal tendencies present an obstacle in his journey to becoming a better, non-murderous man. Glenn Garner,, 16 Oct. 2021 More problematic still is a corny story line in which Theo suspects that the lead neurologist might be carrying on some kind of adulterous affair with his dead wife’s brain print. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of adulterous

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -ose entry 1 — more at adulterer

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14 Apr 2022

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“Adulterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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adul·​ter·​ous | \ ə-ˈdəl-tə-rəs How to pronounce adulterous (audio) \

Legal Definition of adulterous

: relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery

Other Words from adulterous

adulterously adverb

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