ex·​tra·​mar·​i·​tal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce extramarital (audio) , -ˈma-rə- \

Definition of extramarital

: of, relating to, or being sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse : adulterous an extramarital affair

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Examples of extramarital in a Sentence

she had several extramarital affairs with coworkers
Recent Examples on the Web Ashley Madison, a dating site for people looking to start extramarital affairs, reports in a press release that January and February are the site's biggest months for new signups. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Why Do Women Cheat? Look Past Old Stereotypes About Infidelity for the Answer," 10 Jan. 2020 He was fired from a senior Conservative post for lying about an extramarital affair. Washington Post, "From punchline to political star: the rise of Boris Johnson," 13 Dec. 2019 Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur When the author was 14, her mom roped her into facilitating the older woman’s extramarital affair. Kim Hubbard, PEOPLE.com, "The 10 Best Books of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Comparing the Clinton impeachment charges with those being leveled at Trump, there’s no equivalency whatsoever between engaging in an extramarital affair and using a foreign power to tilt a presidential election. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: In politics, where does the truth lie? (12/1/19)," 1 Dec. 2019 But Snowdon had a reputation of being a playboy even before the two got married, and the story of the pair's extramarital affairs is long and intriguing. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Did Princess Margaret's Husband Have Affairs, as 'The Crown' Depicts?," 17 Nov. 2019 Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times The last two impeachment investigations of the past half-century began with a third-rate burglary and an extramarital affair. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump’s Choice: National Security or Political Obsession," 14 Nov. 2019 The 59-year-old Sanford won three terms for U.S. House in the 1990s, then two four-year terms as governor before an extramarital affair marred the end of his second term. chicagotribune.com, "Republican Mark Sanford suspends GOP primary challenge to Trump," 12 Nov. 2019 In 1969, Snowdon embarked on an extramarital affair with Lady Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs, which despite her own infidelities, upset Margaret greatly. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "The True Story of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones's Love Affair," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of extramarital

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Extramarital.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extramarital. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of extramarital

: happening outside of a marriage

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