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
Because members of the armed forces are held to a high ethical standard, adultery is a military crime.
Socially conservative women in politics remain wary but generally supportive of President Donald Trump despite recent allegations of adultery and hush money.
Penelope Blossom starts hitting on Hal, like, an hour later, so there's some adultery afoot.
During all the drama surrounding the collapse of PTL, Bakker’s then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker, reportedly called Hahn ugly and said that offered her some solace in considering her husband’s adultery.
Yet when The New York Times published Hepburn’s infamous brownie recipe two years ago, one woman commented how the Times missed a secret ingredient: a dash of adultery.
The action is decidedly adult, both in the desert, where the body count is surprisingly high, and in the officers’ apartments, where adultery and alcohol figure prominently.
One of the most gripping moments in the show's second season is when Philip's personal secretary and close friend Mike Parker is accused of adultery and sued for divorce in 1958.
Eileen Parker was eventually granted a divorce in 1958 on the grounds 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.
Origin and Etymology of adultery
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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