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.
In December 2014, Valerie filed for divorce claiming Mack committed adultery.
Each month, the high court hears appeals from a network of 16 lower courts in the camp, about cases ranging from assault and theft to adultery.
The kingdom’s influential Islamic clerics had long insisted that the ban on female drivers was needed to stop wives from committing adultery.
Other crimes punishable by death—usually beheading, stoning, or firing squad—include adultery, armed robbery, rape, drug offenses, blasphemy, and false prophecy.
Anyone who's ever seen a movie will smell adultery and sibling betrayal.
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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
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
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