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[uh-duhl-ter-uh s] /əˈdʌl tər əs/
characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit:
an adulterous relationship.
Origin of adulterous
late Middle English
1400-50; adulter(y) + -ous; replacing late Middle English avoutrious
Related forms
adulterously, adverb
unadulterous, adjective
unadulterously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adulterous
  • However, it was not a good omen that the day after taking office he was forced to admit to a string of adulterous affairs.
  • In her favour is that conduct counts-so adulterous spouses will be penalised.
  • There was, instead, a relentless concentration on the adulterous triangle.
  • Anna begins an adulterous affair with her former lover, and one night the two of them meet to spend some time together.
  • She also endured his adulterous affairs and numerous scandals.
  • Defendant was angered by this, fearing a dishonorable discharge for an adulterous affair with one of his subordinates.
  • It only describes the abomination as being such when it is adulterous.
  • Claimant and the decedent were living apart for justifiable cause because of his adulterous relationships.
  • It seems he was the only one in the office who didn't know she was having an adulterous affair with his supervisor.
British Dictionary definitions for adulterous


of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery
an obsolete word for adulterate (sense 2)
Derived Forms
adulterously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adulterous

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

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