from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Adulteration; corruption.
- n. Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
- n. Faithlessness in religion.
- n. The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
- n. The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
- n. Injury; degradation; ruin.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
That a Christian who marries several wives, commits natural adultery, is agreeable to the Lord's words, "_That it is not lawful to put away a wife, because from the beginning they were created to be one flesh; and that he who putteth away a wife without just cause, and marrieth another, committeth adultery_."
“Is it—adultery”—the word adultery landed hard in the pit of her stomach—“is it a part of the profile?”
Ordinarily I would say that his adultery is and should be a private matter, but apparently he isn't doing such a good job in the office, either. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob
Yeah, that's what they call adultery by a public personality, a private matter.
AMANPOUR: That would mean in a country such as Britain, people would have their hands cut off for robbery, we'd be stoned for what you call adultery, hanged?
That's what they call adultery these days in Washington nopilikia 26 minutes ago 11:51 PM Tax them......
That's what they call adultery these days in Washington DC.
Here too the word "adultery" covers a multitude of sins -- with the added twist that it is set in a society, contemporary Ireland, in which the receding tide of religious influence has left people without the old certainties.
But what makes this more than just a novel of possible adultery is the wealth of symbolism woven into every single event.
"Thou shall not committ adultery" is one of the 10 Commandments.