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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adultery 
  n  :  extramarital  sex  that  willfully  and  maliciously  interferes 
  with  marriage  relations;  "adultery  is  often  cited  as 
  grounds  for  divorce"  [syn:  {criminal  conversation},  {fornication}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Adultery 
  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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