• WordNet 3.6
    • n adultery extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible."
    • Adultery Adulteration; corruption.
    • Adultery (Script) Faithlessness in religion.
    • Adultery Injury; degradation; ruin. "You might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature."
    • Adultery (Script) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
    • Adultery (Old Law) The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
    • Adultery (Eccl) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
    • Adultery The unfaithfulness of a married person to the marriage bed; sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife, or voluntary sexual intercourse by a married woman with another than her husband.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adultery Violation of the marriage-bed; carnal connection of a married person with any other than the lawful spouse; in a more restricted sense, the wrong by a wife which introduces or may introduce a spurious offspring into a family. It is sometimes called single adultery when only one of the parties is married, and double adultery when both are married. In some jurisdictions the law makes adultery a crime, in some only a civil injury. In England, formerly, it was punished by fine and imprisonment, and in Scotland it was frequently made a capital offense. In Great Britain at the present day, however, it is punishable only by ecclesiastical censure; but when committed by the wife, it is regarded as a civil injury, and forms the ground of an action of damages against the paramour. Contrary to the previous general opinion, it has recently been held in the United States that the wife may have a corresponding action against a woman who seduces away her husband. In England and Scotland the husband's recovery of damages against the paramour can now be had only by joining him with the wife in an action for divorce. See divorce.
    • n adultery In the seventh commandment of the decalogue, as generally understood, all manner of lewdness or unchastity in act or thought. See Mat. v. 28.
    • n adultery Eccles., intrusion into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
    • n adultery In old arboriculture, the grafting of trees: so called from its being considered an unnatural union.
    • n adultery Adulteration; corruption: as, “all the adulteries of art,”
    • n adultery Injury; degradation; ruin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adultery ad-ult′ėr-i violation of the marriage-bed, whether one's own or another's: in Scripture applied loosely to unchastity generally
    • n Adultery the offspring of adultery
    • v.t Adultery and v.i. Adult′erise (arch.)
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  • Lord Byron
    “What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Adultery is the application of democracy to love.”
  • John Grigg
    John Grigg
    “Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible.”
  • Sir Peter Imbert
    Sir Peter Imbert
    “University degrees are a bit like adultery: you may not want to get involved with that sort of thing, but you don't want to be thought incapable.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adulterium,. See Advoutry


In literature:

You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Adultery, the fruit of curiosity, 245.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
The secret of her adultery was hidden.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
That dark man played at adultery with the wife of his friend.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
But by Garrison slave-holding was accounted a personal sin like murder or adultery.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
Hold, let me see: The Innocent Adultery.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
There is no adultery for a man and no divorce for a woman.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
There used to be a crime called 'adultery,' but even the word had gone out of use on the Earth I knew.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
Not to commit adultery.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
She has loved adultery, idolatry, lying and folly.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert

In poetry:

A dozen girls’ chemises,
that’s love,
innocent girls’ games on a sunlit lawn,
the thirteenth, a man’s shirt,
that’s marriage,
ending in adultery and a pistol shot.
"Dance of Girls' Chemesis" by Jaroslav Seifert
There's not a fouler fiend can haunt thy breast
Than vile adultery, and loose desire:
'Twas that, which did destroy both man and beast,
By water once, and will again by fire.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
VII. Avoid adultery, that cursed thing!
And always of thy bosom-wife make much,
The waters quaff that gush from thy own spring ;
But ne'er thy neighbour's cover'd cistern touch.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Scobble for whoredom whips his wife and cries
He'll slit her nose; but blubbering she replies,
"Good sir, make no more cuts i' th' outward skin,
One slit's enough to let adultery in.
"Up Scoble" by Robert Herrick
Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free:
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art;
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
"Simplex Munditiis" by Ben Jonson
Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free;
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all th' adulteries of art:
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
"Song from The Silent Woman" by Ben Jonson

In news:

General Jeffrey A Sinclair charged with adultery , other sex crimes.
US defense officials say an Army brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates.
Adultery Website Says September Is Infidelity Month.
BAMAKO, Mali (CNN) – Islamists in control of northern Mali said they forced a man and a woman into two holes and stoned them to death for committing adultery in the lawless region.
Mali Islamists stone couple to death for adultery .
Women and men flooded the streets of Kabul Wednesday to protest the public execution of an Afghan woman accused of adultery .
Taliban publicly execute woman accused of adultery (VIDEO).
The public execution of a woman for adultery in what was once a peaceful region of Afghanistan raises questions about the power and influence of the Taliban.
Did you get a chance to see the reaction Newt Gingrich had to CNN's John King over his question about adultery .
Adultery website calls overweight women 'scary'.
Petraeus' adultery is no big deal .
It's impossible to imagine a French leader resigning because of adultery.
He may benefit from the Bill Clinton rule: Adultery is no longer a political disqualifier.
Are my fellow military wives and I shocked and outraged by General Petraeus' adultery.
Military justice: Petraeus knew 'Adultery is clearly unacceptable conduct'.