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
Recent Examples on the Web Growling tensions of poverty, prejudice and exclusion rise into the roar of a plot that takes in forbidden love, adulterous passion, murder and remorse. The Economist, "Time for a curtain call A new interpretation of “Street Scene”, a seminal dramatic musical," 3 Feb. 2020 Tchaikovsky’s tone poem evokes Dante’s tale of the adulterous Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, doomed to spin around in the winds of hell. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Guest conductor Jader Bignamini pumps up the Dallas Symphony with lots of decibels," 17 Jan. 2020 Her search for excitement and escape leads to adulterous disasters and financial ruin. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 In the upcoming episode, Simone turns to her best friend Naomi’s (Katie Finneran) son, Tommy, for comfort after finding out her husband Karl (Jack Davenport) has let his adulterous ways leak publicly. Rachel Yang,, "Watch Lucy Liu get flirty and make out in a 'mobile sex den' in exclusive Why Women Kill clip," 21 Aug. 2019 Lock’s poems capture the psychological condition of King David in Psalm 51: an adulterous sinner who is expelled from God’s favor and cries out for mercy, desperate to return to a state of grace. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 5 Aug. 2019 The dance itself, though, tended toward the serious, with gracefully fraught solos, a traditionally apprehensive pas de deux for the adulterous Paolo and Francesca, and all kinds of creatures in various states of fanciful torment. Mark Swed,, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 In fact, he had been investigated by his command for having … an adulterous affair. Asena Basak, CBS News, "Convicted killer of pregnant Florida mother: "I did not kill Samira Watkins"," 3 July 2019 Most scholars agree that the modern novel starts with a tale of adulterous temptation: Madame de La Fayette’s The Princess of Clèves (1678). Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Adulterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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