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Definition of the noun adultery

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noun - plural: adulteries

  1. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations

Alternative definition of the noun adultery


  1. Sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse.


  1. "Adultery" is a 1989 South Korean film.
  2. "Adultery" is a 2010 short drama film written and directed by Peter Kerek.

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Google previewThe Secret Lives of Wives (2011)

Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married by Iris Krasnow

Adultery is the ultimate naughty behavior, and while the act is wrong, the ancient human impulse to sample the forbidden...

Google previewThe Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (2005)

The Command of the Shari'ah and Juridical Norm by Ahmad Hasan

Hence adultery is a murder putatively. Moreover, adultery is an immediate evil, while the threatened torture is an apprehended evil ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Biblical Ethics (2013)

by David W. Jones

Viewed internally, adultery is a topic to which many people can relate.

Google previewCritical Theory Today (2014)

A User-Friendly Guide by Lois Tyson

For example, adultery is the topic of both Kate Chopin«s...

Google previewConjugial Love (Extended Annotated Edition) (2013)

by Emanuel Swedenborg

ADULTERY IS THE CAUSE OF DIVORCE. There are several reasons for this, which are discernible in rational light, and yet at this day they are concealed. From rational light it may be seen that marriages are holy and adulteries profane; and ...

Google previewWe, the People (2011)

by Adolph Caso

Adultery is a crime, which, politically considered, owes its existence to two cause, viz. pernicious laws, and the powerful attraction between the sexes.

Google previewA body of practical divinity consisting of above one hundred and seventy six sermons on the lesser catechism composed by the reverend assembly of divines at Westminster (1741)

with a supplement of some sermons on several texts of scripture to which is added, the art of divine contentment; recommended to the publishers, and never before printed (except once) in the former editions of this book, altho printed twenty times by itself by Thomas Watson

Adultery is the reigning Sin of the Times, Hof. 7. 4.. They are Adulterers, as an Oven heated by the Baker. The Time of Henry VIII. was called the Golden ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008)

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

The prohibition against committing adultery is well known as one of the “Ten Utterances” cited in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 4:17. Given that biblical law —and rabbinic law in its wake—permits polygyny, at least in theory, men were not ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

To commit adultery, in the natural sense, is to commit whoredom, to be guilty of obscene practices, to indulge in wanton discourse, and to entertain filthy thoughts. In a spiritual sense, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender and Society (2008)

by Jodi O'Brien

Adultery, also commonly referred to as infidelity, or “cheating,” traditionally involves a person willingly engaging in sexual physical activity with a person other than one's spouse or committed relationship partner. The concept of infidelity has ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Hindu World (1992)

by Gaṅgā Rām Garg

Adultery is not to be confused with Niyoga (levirate), where for the sake of progeny, a wife is permitted to have sexual relations with another man (relation or priest) as in the case of Kunti (q.v.), the wife of Pandu, etc. It does not, however, mean ...

Google previewA Philosophical Dictionary (1824)

by Voltaire, John G. Gorton

ADULTERY. We are not indebted for this expression to the Greeks ; they called adultery moicheia, from which came the Latin mcechus, which we have not adopted. We owe it neither to the Syriac tongue nor to the Hebrew, a jargon of the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1853)

A - Ana

Adultery, of the husband the crime continued capital. The reason v— alleged for this difference was, that the woman is the weaker vessel. Matthsus declaims against the Empress Theodora, who is supposed to have been the cause of this law, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; or A dictionary of arts, sciences, and miscellaneous literature (1823)

By the Jewish law, adultery Was punished by death in both parties, where they Were both married, or only the Woman. The Jews had a particular method of trying, or rather purging, an adulteress, or a woman suspected of the crime, by making ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992)

by David L. Jeffrey

Adultery is frequently condemned in the NT as well ( e.g., ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ancient Greece (2013)

by Nigel Wilson

ADULTERY 1 1 Rubinstein, Lene, Adoption in IV Century Athens, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1993.

With regard to adultery (moicheia) in ancient Greece, it was the married or marriageable status of the woman involved that ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

pinerua [mulilua—adultery or fomicntion / adulterous, of a male] Bigotry (having two wives) / Second wife punarua Having many lovers makau-rau Have illicit intercourse moepuku Coulnit fornication kaikaiitara Committing adultery kaikairau ...

Google previewMercer Dictionary of the Bible (1990)

by Watson E. Mills, Roger Aubrey Bullard

ADOPTION ADULTERY IN THE OT (Rom 8:15). They are "heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ" (Rom 8: 17; cf.

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Adultery - which is the only grounds for divorce in New York - is not grounds for divorce in California. As a matter of fact, adultery in Southern California is grounds for marriage. (Allan Sherman)
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Scrabble value of A1D2U1L1T1E1R1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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