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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-duhl-ter-uh s]
    • /əˈdʌl tər əs/
    • /əˈdʌl.tər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-duhl-ter-uh s]
    • /əˈdʌl tər əs/

Definitions of adulterous word

  • adjective adulterous An adulterous relationship is a sexual relationship between a married person and someone they are not married to. An adulterous person is someone who commits adultery. 3
  • adjective adulterous of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery 3
  • adjective adulterous relating to, characterized by, or guilty of, adultery 3
  • adjective adulterous characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit: an adulterous relationship. 1
  • adjective adulterous sexually unfaithful 1
  • adjective adulterous relating to sexual infidelity 1

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Origin of adulterous

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; adulter(y) + -ous; replacing late Middle English avoutrious

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Parts of speech for Adulterous


adulterous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

adulterous usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adulterous

adj adulterous

  • illicit — not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
  • cheating — an instance of rule-breaking
  • immoral — violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.
  • speedy — characterized by speed; rapid; swift; fast.

adjective adulterous

  • clandestine — Something that is clandestine is hidden or kept secret, often because it is illegal.
  • improper — not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, correct, etc.; erroneous: He drew improper conclusions from the scant evidence.
  • unlawful — not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
  • unfaithful — not faithful; false to duty, obligation, or promises; faithless; disloyal.

Antonyms for adulterous

adj adulterous

  • chaste — If you describe a person or their behaviour as chaste, you mean that they do not have sex with anyone, or they only have sex with their husband or wife.
  • clean — Something that is clean is free from dirt or unwanted marks.
  • pure — free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.
  • virginal — of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin: virginal purity.

Top questions with adulterous

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