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adulterous

adjective

  1. (illicit)  characterized by adultery
    Synonyms: extracurricular, extramarital. Similar to: illicit
  2. (unfaithful)  not faithful to a spouse or lover
    Synonyms: 2-timing [attributive], cheating [attributive], two-timing [attributive]. Similar to:...

Etymology summary

the obsolete noun adulter "adulterer" (see "adultery") + "-ous"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Adultery | philandery

sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than their spouse or spouses. Religious and legal interpretations of what constitutes adultery vary widely. The term adultery has an Abrahamic origin, though the concept predates Judaism and... (37 of 7459 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Adultery

Collins Dictionary:

adulterous | adulterate [obsolete, sense-specific] | adulterously [adverb, derived]

of, characterized by, or inclined to adultery | an obsolete word for "adulterate" [sense-specific] (13 of 471 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adulterous

Merriam-Webster:

adulterous | adulterate [synonym] | adulterine [synonym] | extracurricular [synonym] | extramarital [synonym] | two-timing [synonym] | adulterously [adverb, related] | premarital [similar] | promiscuous [similar]

relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery (8 of 49 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adulterous

Cambridge Dictionary:

adultery | adulterous [adjective, derived]

sex between a married man or woman and someone who is not their wife or husband (16 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adultery

Oxford Dictionary:

adulterous | adulterously [derived]

of or involving adultery (4 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/adulterous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adulterous

involving or taking part in adultery (6 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adulterous

Random House Dictionary:

adulterous

characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit. (7 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/adulterous

American Heritage Dictionary:

adulterous | adulterously [adverb, related]

Relating to, inclined to, or marked by adultery. (8 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adulterous

New World Dictionary:

adulterous | adulterously [adverb, related]

relating to, characterized by, or guilty of, adultery (8 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adulterous

Wiktionary:

adulterous

Of, or characterized by adultery. (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adulterous

Encarta Dictionary:

adulterous

relating to or involved in adultery (6 of 31 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583806​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

adulterous

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: the obsolete noun adulter "adulterer" (see "adultery") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/adulterous

Encarta Dictionary:

adulterous

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: obsolete adulter "adulterer" from Latin adulterare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583806​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

adulterous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adulterous"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adulterous

Cambridge Dictionary:

adultery

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "adulterous"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "adulterous"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adultery

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adulterous

Audio: British English pronunciation of "adulterous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adulterous

Macmillan American Dictionary:

adulterous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adulterous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/adulterous

the Free Dictionary:

adulterous

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "adulterous"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "adulterous"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "adulterous" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/adulterous

Google Dictionary:

adulterous

Audio: English pronunciation of "adulterous"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

adulterous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adulterous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=adulte​09 word=adulterous

YourDictionary Audio:

adulterous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adulterous" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adulterous

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