adulterous (adj.) c.1400, avoutrious "addicted to adultery," from obsolete verb adulter (see ADULTERER (Cf. adulterer)) + -OUS (Cf. -ous).

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  • Adulterous — A*dul ter*ous, a. 1. Guilty of, or given to, adultery; pertaining to adultery; illicit. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by adulteration; spurious. An adulterous mixture. [Obs.] Smollett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adulterous — adul·ter·ous /ə dəl tə rəs/ adj: relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery adul·ter·ous·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • adulterous — [adj] unfaithful cheating, doublecrossing*, extracurricular*, fast and loose*, illicit, immoral, moonlighting*, speedy*, twofaced*, two timing*, unchaste; concept 372 Ant. chaste, clean, pure, virginal …   New thesaurus

  • adulterous — [ə dul′tər əs] adj. relating to, characterized by, or guilty of, adultery adulterously adv …   English World dictionary

  • adulterous — adjective Date: 1558 relating to, characterized by, or given to adultery < an adulterous affair > < an adulterous wife > • adulterously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adulterous — [[t]ədʌ̱ltərəs[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n An adulterous relationship is a sexual relationship between a married person and someone they are not married to. An adulterous person is someone who commits adultery …   English dictionary

  • adulterous — adulterously, adv. /euh dul teuhr euhs/, adj. characterized by or involved in adultery; illicit: an adulterous relationship. [1400 50; ADULTER(Y) + OUS; r. late ME avoutrious] * * * …   Universalium

  • adulterous — adj. Adulterous is used with these nouns: ↑affair, ↑liaison …   Collocations dictionary

  • adulterous — adultery ► NOUN ▪ voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse. DERIVATIVES adulterous adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • adulterous — adjective Of, or characterized by adultery …   Wiktionary

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