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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-duhl-tuh-ree]
    • /əˈdʌl tə ri/
    • /əˈdʌl.tər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-duhl-tuh-ree]
    • /əˈdʌl tə ri/

Definitions of adultery word

  • uncountable noun adultery If a married person commits adultery, they have sex with someone that they are not married to. 3
  • noun adultery voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man or woman and a partner other than the legal spouse 3
  • noun adultery voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and a woman not his wife, or between a married woman and a man not her husband 3
  • noun plural adultery voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse. 1
  • noun adultery Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. 1
  • noun adultery law: extramarital sex 1

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Origin of adultery

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English adulterie < Latin adulterium, equivalent to adulter (see adulterer) + -ium -ium; replacing Middle English a(d)vouterie < Old French avoutrie < Latin, with ad- ad- replacing a a-5

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Parts of speech for Adultery


adultery popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adultery usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adultery

noun adultery

  • infidelity — marital disloyalty; adultery.
  • affair — If an event or a series of events has been mentioned and you want to talk about it again, you can refer to it as the affair.
  • cheating — an instance of rule-breaking
  • relationship — a connection, association, or involvement.
  • fling — to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence: to fling a stone.

Antonyms for adultery

noun adultery

  • faithfulness — strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

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