adulterous

adjective
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

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Other Words from adulterous

adulterously adverb

Examples of adulterous in a Sentence

had an adulterous affair that nearly destroyed his marriage
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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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The first known use of adulterous was in 1550

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2 Apr 2021

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“Adulterous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulterous. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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adulterous

adjective
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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