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adulterous

[uh-duhl-ter-uh s] /əˈdʌl tər əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit:
an adulterous relationship.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; adulter(y) + -ous; replacing late Middle English avoutrious
Related forms
adulterously, adverb
unadulterous, adjective
unadulterously, adverb
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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

adulterous

/əˈdʌltərəs/
adjective
1.
of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery
2.
an obsolete word for adulterate (sense 2)
Derived Forms
adulterously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adulterous
adj.

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

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