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Definition of Adultery

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infidelity, fornication, sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse
Adultery Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (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.)
The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
  
(n.)
The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
  
(n.)
Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
  
(n.)
Injury; degradation; ruin.
  
(n.)
Faithlessness in religion.
  
(n.)
Adulteration; corruption.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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adultery
\a*dul"ter*y\ (&?;), n.; pl. adulteries(&?;). [l. adulterium. see advoutry.]
1. 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.
note: it is adultery on the part of the married wrongdoer. the word has also been used to characterize the act of an unmarried participator, the other being married. in the united states the definition varies with the local statutes. unlawful intercourse between two married persons is sometimes called double adultery; between a married and an unmarried person, single adultery.
2. adulteration; corruption. [obs.] jonson.
3. (script.) (a) lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment. (b) faithlessness in religion. iii. 9.
4. (old law) the fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
5. (eccl.) the intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
6. injury; degradation; ruin. [obs.] you might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature. jonson.

Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
adhaltranas
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
God = n. incontinence; adultery
Godineb = n. adultery
Godinebu = v. to commit adultery
Gotio = v. to commit adultery
Gwreicdra = n. fondness of women, adultery
Lleirwyd = n. fine for adultery
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations; "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
(synonym) criminal conversation, fornication
(hypernym) extramarital sex, free love
Adultery Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream that you commit adultery, foretells that you will be arrainged[sic] for some illegal action. If a woman has this dream, she will fail to hold her husband's affections, letting her temper and spite overwhelm her at the least provocation. If it is with her husband's friend, she will be unjustly ignored by her husband. Her rights will be cruelly trampled upon by him. If she thinks she is enticing a youth into this act, she will be in danger of desertion and divorced for her open intriguing.

For a young woman this implies abasement and low desires, in which she will find strange adventures afford her pleasure.

It is always good to dream that you have successfully resisted any temptation. To yield, is bad. If a man chooses low ideals, vampirish influences will swarm around him ready to help him in his nefarious designs. Such dreams may only be the result of depraved elementary influences. If a man chooses high ideals, he will be illuminated by the deific principle within him, and will be exempt from lascivious dreams. The man who denies the existence and power of evil spirits has no arcana or occult knowledge. Did not the black magicians of Pharaoh's time, and Simon Magnus, the Sorcerer, rival the men of God? The dreamer of amorous sweets is warned to beware of scandal.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Adultery Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Adultery (anglicised from Latin adulterium) is extramarital sex that is considered objectionable on social, religious, moral or legal grounds. Though what sexual activities constitute adultery varies, as well as the social, religious and legal consequences, the concept exists in many cultures and is similar in Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

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Adultery Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Adultery - Voluntary sexual relations between a married person and another person who is not their married spouse. A legal ground for divorce in most countries.

From ad and alter, another person; a criminal conversation, between a man married to another woman, and a woman married to another man, or a married and unmarriod person. The married person is guilty of adultery, the unmarried of fornication.

The elements of this crime are, 1st, that there shall be an unlawful carnal connexion; 2dly, that the guilty party shall at the time be married; 3dly, that he or she shall willingly commit the offence; for a woman who has been ravished against her will is not guilty of adultery.

The punishment of adultery, in the United States, generally, is fine and imprisonment.

In England it is left to the feeble hands of the ecclesiastical courts to punish this offence.

Adultery in one of the married persons is good cause for obtaining a divorce by the innocent partner.

ADULTERIUM - In the old records this word does not signify the offence of adultery, but the fine imposed for its commission.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and another person who is not their married spouse. - (read more on Adultery)
  
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Divorcesource.com Dictionary
when one spouse has sexual intercourse with a third party. In some states and provinces this is considered grounds for divorce.
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
Sexual intercourse between a married person and a third party.
Courts once used adultery, once the sole ground for divorce in some jurisdictions, to punish the guilty. Today courts are more interested in the economic impact of adultery, if any, on the marital estate. How much money was spent on the mistress? Think of judges as accountants who want full disclosure and financial accounting for improperly spent funds.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
Sexual intercourse between a married person and a third party. One of seven fault grounds for divorce is Massachusetts, but rarely used.
HMCS Legal Terms
Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and another person who is not the spouse, while the marriage is still valid. This is a common fact relied on for divorce 
By Her Majesty's Courts Service. Published under Crown Copyright.
Adultery Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
conjugal infidelity. An adulterer was a man who had illicit intercourse with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin. The Mosaic law (Num. 5:11-31) prescribed that the suspected wife should be tried by the ordeal of the "water of jealousy." There is, however, no recorded instance of the application of this law. In subsequent times the Rabbis made various regulations with the view of discovering the guilty party, and of bringing about a divorce. It has been inferred from John 8:1-11 that this sin became very common during the age preceding the destruction of Jerusalem. Idolatry, covetousness, and apostasy are spoken of as adultery spiritually (Jer. 3:6, 8, 9; Ezek. 16:32; Hos. 1:2:3; Rev. 2:22). An apostate church is an adulteress (Isa. 1:21; Ezek. 23:4, 7, 37), and the Jews are styled "an adulterous generation" (Matt. 12:39). (Comp. Rev. 12.)
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(Exodus 20:14) The parties to this crime, according to Jewish law, were a married woman and a man who was not her husband. The Mosaic penalty was that both the guilty parties should be stoned, and it applied as well to the betrothed as to the married woman, provided she were free. (22:22-24) A bondwoman so offending was to be scourged, and the man was to make a trespass offering. (Leviticus 19:20-22) At a later time, and when owing, to Gentile example, the marriage tie became a looser bond of union, public feeling in regard to adultery changed, and the penalty of death was seldom or never inflicted. The famous trial by the waters of jealousy, (Numbers 5:11-29) was probably an ancient custom, which Moses found deeply seated-(But this ordeal was wholly in favor of the innocent, and exactly opposite to most ordeals. For the water which the accused drank was perfectly harmless, and only by a miracle could it produce a bad effect; while in most ordeals the accused must suffer what naturally produces death, and be proved innocent only by a miracle. Symbolically adultery is used to express unfaithfulness to covenant vows to God, who is represented as the husband of his people.)
  
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