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adultery Line breaks: adul|tery
Pronunciation: /əˈdʌlt(ə)ri/

Definition of adultery in English:


[mass noun]
Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse: she was committing adultery with a much younger man
More example sentences
  • You could hook up with someone else, but that would be adultery and adultery is wrong.
  • The marriage has to be consummated before an extramarital affair becomes adultery.
  • However, it has been held that the petitioner need not find it intolerable to live with the respondent because of his adultery.
unfaithfulness, infidelity, falseness, disloyalty, unchastity, cuckoldry, extramarital sex, extramarital relations;
affair, liaison, intrigue, amour, entanglement, flirtation
informal cheating, two-timing, fooling around, playing around, playing the field, carryings-on, hanky-panky, a bit on the side
formal fornication


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

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