American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 adulterywhen 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. 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. Eccles., intrusion into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
- n. In old arboriculture, the grafting of trees: so called from its being considered an unnatural union.
- n. Adulteration; corruption: as, “all the adulteries of art,”
- n. Injury; degradation; ruin.
- n. Sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. obsolete Adulteration; corruption.
- n. Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
- n. Faithlessness in religion.
- n. (Old Law) The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
- n. (Eccl.) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
- n. obsolete Injury; degradation; ruin.
- n. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
- From the Old French scholarly form adultere ("violation of conjugal faith") (in Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons, 12c.), from Latin adulterium, from adulter. Replaced the older form avoutrie, from the popular Old French forms avouterie or aoulterie. Compare French adultère ("adultery"). Old English word was æwbryce ("breach of lawful marriage"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French adultere, from Latin adulterium, from adulter, adulterer; see adulterate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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