Adulterous



characterized by or involved in ; illicit:
an adulterous relationship.
Contemporary Examples

A conservative president launched two wars, and conservatives tried to impeach the adulterous Bill Clinton.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Turncoats Linda Hirshman November 30, 2010

Her novel, a fictionalized take on her Left Bank intellectual circle, centers on an adulterous woman torn between two men.
9 Works Inspired by Writers’ Love Lives Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt February 13, 2014

An adulterous affair could be used as blackmail if it fell into the hands of a foreign intelligence service.
Alleged Petraeus Mistress Suggested She Was Privy to State Secrets Eli Lake November 11, 2012

To further explicate the obvious: “Uncommon”—i.e., adulterous—“arrangements vary hugely.”
Do We Need a Guide to Marriage? Chloë Schama January 7, 2011

There are long books and ongoing debates about whether the personal lives of adulterous politicians should be held against them.
How One Louisiana Republican Survived a Sex Scandal (and Another Might Not) Ben Jacobs April 10, 2014

Historical Examples

In place, therefore, of courtly adventures and battles with demons, Krishna’s adulterous romance is now presented as all in all.
The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry W. G. Archer

Nor did he know that Erebus was the child of this adulterous connection.
The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue

Every approach to the wife of another man is looked on as equivalent to an adulterous inclination.
The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6) Max Duncker

Is it only the privilege of the man, that he may put away an adulterous wife?
A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4) Richard Baxter

The difference between the chaste and the adulterous generations: and between the death of the just and the wicked.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

adjective
of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery
an obsolete word for adulterate (sense 2)
adj.

c.1400, avoutrious “addicted to adultery,” from obsolete verb adulter (see adulterer) + -ous.

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