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English Dictionary: adultery by the DICT Development Group
3 results for adultery
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations; "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
    Synonym(s): adultery, criminal conversation, fornication
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      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.)
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