voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
This includes alcohol consumption, adultery, and drug-trafficking.
A Busy Iranian Regime: Torturing and Executing Prisoners, and Persecuting Women, Gays and Religious Minorities Ilana Glazer February 28, 2013
Iran has not yet executed Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the mother of two sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
Stoning Sentence Stopped The Daily Beast September 1, 2010
The tabloid stories that her adultery with Neal Schon now makes her ineligible for any of the Salahi money seem laughable.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s Hellish Divorce Diane Dimond January 4, 2012
For ayatollahs, looking could be adultery by means of the eyes.
Nude Photo of Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani Roils Iran Omid Memarian January 19, 2012
The opera is a dark and passionate tale of adultery and greed.
When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth Brian Moynahan November 8, 2014
Twice you were taken in adultery, and, as a foreigner, I spared you.
At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
Like the women in the sack of Ismail, they sit them down and watch for the adultery to begin.
‘Charge It’ Irving Bacheller
My father, my family, my husband, were willing to condone what they believed was my adultery.
Theft Jack London
Fines for adultery and fornication belong to the king, not to the bishop.
The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa Paul Barron Watson
But no woman who has been convicted of adultery is entitled to the benefit of the act.
A Short History of Women’s Rights Eugene A. Hecker
noun (pl) -teries
voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man or woman and a partner other than the legal spouse
“voluntary violation of the marriage bed,” c.1300, avoutrie, from Old French avouterie (12c.), noun of condition from avoutre, from Latin adulterare “to corrupt” (see adulteration). Modern spelling, with the re-inserted -d-, is from early 15c. (see ad-).
In Middle English, also “sex between husband and wife for recreational purposes; idolatry, perversion, heresy.” Classified as single adultery (with an unmarried person) and double adultery (with a married person). Old English word was æwbryce “breach of law(ful marriage)” (cf. German Ehebruch). Adultery Dune in Arizona corresponds to Navajo sei adilehe “adultery sand,” where illicit lovers met privately.
conjugal infidelity. An adulterer was a man who had illicit intercourse with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin. The Mosaic law (Num. 5:11-31) prescribed that the suspected wife should be tried by the ordeal of the “water of jealousy.” There is, however, no recorded instance of the application of this law. In subsequent times the Rabbis made various regulations with the view of discovering the guilty party, and of bringing about a divorce. It has been inferred from John 8:1-11 that this sin became very common during the age preceding the destruction of Jerusalem. Idolatry, covetousness, and apostasy are spoken of as adultery spiritually (Jer. 3:6, 8, 9; Ezek. 16:32; Hos. 1:2:3; Rev. 2:22). An apostate church is an adulteress (Isa. 1:21; Ezek. 23:4, 7, 37), and the Jews are styled “an adulterous generation” (Matt. 12:39). (Comp. Rev. 12.)
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 […]
characterized by ; spurious. born of . of or involving . Historical Examples Abrogation of every law establishing the civil inferiority of women and natural or adulterine children. Socialism and Democracy in Europe Samuel P. Orth Under the treaty of Wallingford one thousand one hundred and fifteen adulterine castles were to be razed. Selections from […]
a or middle-aged person who has interests, traits, etc., that are usually associated with teenagers. noun an adult who is still actively interested in youth culture adjective aimed at or suitable for adultescents noun a middle-aged person who wants to be associated with youth culture and whose choices in clothing, activities, etc. reflect this; see […]
having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature: an adult person, animal, or plant. of, relating to, or befitting adults. intended for adults; not suitable for children: adult entertainment. a person who is fully grown or developed or of age. a full-grown animal or plant. a person who has attained the age of maturity […]