Adjective "adultery" definition and examples

(Adultery may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈdʌlt(ə)ri/

Definitions and examples

noun

Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse.
  1. 'At the end of April 1536, Anne was accused of adultery with several men and incest with her brother George.'
  2. 'If married, the charge was not rape but adultery, and the case was heard in another court.'
  3. 'You could hook up with someone else, but that would be adultery and adultery is wrong.'
  4. 'She had left him during the period they held the licence, because of his adultery, but had returned to him.'
  5. 'Husbands and others frequently bring charges of adultery against such wives.'
  6. 'He looks at his wife and his friend who he had so wrongfully accused of adultery 16 years ago.'
  7. 'However, it has been held that the petitioner need not find it intolerable to live with the respondent because of his adultery.'
  8. 'I didn't think that adultery was considered a crime, not by common law.'
  9. 'That is why we have laws against assault, but we do not have laws against adultery or premarital sex.'
  10. 'Does this mean that a story about a female adulterer is noteworthy because male adultery is commonplace?'

More definitions

1. voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be adultery."

Origin

Late 15th century: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter ‘adulterer’, replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from Old French avouterie.