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adulterous Line breaks: adul¦ter|ous
Pronunciation: /əˈdʌlt(ə)rəs/

Definition of adulterous in English:


Of or involving adultery: an adulterous affair
More example sentences
  • It turns out that Hermanus is an adulterous hotbed of extramarital affairs.
  • And for a man who for so long struggled to find fulfilment in love - even in an adulterous affair - the loss of the illusion might be hard to bear.
  • He was the result of an adulterous wartime affair.


Example sentences
  • He perceives her as a woman who as a child saw her father adulterously kiss a neighbor.
  • George is already kicking over the traces - spending too much, drinking too much, gambling too much and, as Amelia dare not admit to herself, consorting adulterously with other women.
  • A heterosexually oriented celibate will sin adulterously with a married woman or be guilty of fornication with an unmarried one.


Mid 16th century: from the obsolete noun adulter 'adulterer' (see adultery) + -ous.

Words that rhyme with adulterous

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