Examples of adultery in a Sentence
He found out that his wife had committed adultery.
She accused her husband of adultery.
Recent Examples of adultery from the Web
While Taylor's vindictive lyrics are subject to interpretation, they are remarkably well-suited to the characters of Shondaland, who've been made to do plenty of things — treason, murder, adultery, perjury, more murder.
Gen. David R.E. Hale pleaded guilty at court-martial after he was accused of committing adultery with the wives of four subordinates.
A man who obviously glorified adultery and perjury.
Karma has come full circle for the adultery-enabling website Ashley Madison.
The video also included footage of stonings, beheadings, and amputations for charges like theft, drug dealing, and adultery.
Fatima still has nightmares about the time she was forced, along with several other captive girls, to stone a couple to death for the sin of committing adultery.
Rachel was absent from the proceedings, and the 12-person jury found her guilty of abandoning her husband and living in adultery with another man.
Composed by J.L. Molloy and G. Clifton Bingham in 1884, the song serves as a recurring reminder of adultery.
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What’s the difference between adultery and fornication?
In case you were wondering, the words adultery and adult are not etymologically related (in other words, adultery didn’t grow out of adult in the way that punditry grew out of pundit). Although both words come from Latin and share the same first five letters, adultery is from adulterāre (“to pollute, defile, commit adultery”), a word formed ultimately from the Latin elements ad- “to, near” and alter “other.” English adult comes from adultus, which is the past participle of the Latin word adolescere (“to grow up”).
In legal use there is a difference between adultery and fornication. Adultery is only used when at least one of the parties involved (either male or female) is married, whereas fornication may be used to describe two people who are unmarried (to each other or anyone else) engaging in consensual sexual intercourse.
Synonymscheating, infidelity, misconduct, two-timing, unfaithfulness
Related Wordscriminal conversation; free love, promiscuity; disloyalty, faithlessness, falseness, inconstancy, perfidiousness, perfidy, treachery; affair (also affaire), amour, fling, love, love affair, romance; intrigue; attachment, infatuation; entanglement, flirtation; liaison, passion
Near Antonymsallegiance, constancy, dedication, devotedness, devotion, fealty, loyalty, steadfastness
ADULTERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adultery for English Language Learners
: sex between a married person and someone who is not that person's wife or husband
legal Definition of adultery
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