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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ADULTERY

She told me once that it was better to talk about adultery than to commit it!

She often seeks divorce, even when adultery has not taken place.

If there are children by this adultery, he will provide for them.

Like the women in the sack of Ismail, they sit them down and watch for the adultery to begin.

The party which has been found guilty of adultery is not allowed to marry the partner in guilt.

Adultery does not of itself entail the dissolution of marriage.

Adultery is not punishable by the law, nor is it a ground for divorce.

Fines for adultery and fornication belong to the king, not to the bishop.

One of those grounds, perhaps the chief one, would be adultery.

There is a chapter on Adultery—and who ever did more than flirt with his neighbour's wife?

WORD ORIGIN

"voluntary violation of the marriage bed," c.1300, avoutrie, from Old French avouterie (12c.), noun of condition from avoutre, from Latin adulterare "to corrupt" (see adulteration). Modern spelling, with the re-inserted -d-, is from early 15c. (see ad-).

In Middle English, also "sex between husband and wife for recreational purposes; idolatry, perversion, heresy." Classified as single adultery (with an unmarried person) and double adultery (with a married person). Old English word was æwbryce "breach of law(ful marriage)" (cf. German Ehebruch). Adultery Dune in Arizona corresponds to Navajo sei adilehe "adultery sand," where illicit lovers met privately.

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