extramarital sex without the consent of the married participant's spouse

Adultery (from Latin adulterium) is extramarital sex that is considered objectionable on social, religious, moral, or legal grounds.


  • I'll match my private wife against any man's.
    • Irving Brecher, circa March 1933, a play on ex-NYC mayor Jimmy Walker's public statement regarding his "private life", made in light of Walker's then recently publicized adultery; as quoted in Written By (April 2006) by Ben Schwartz, p. 41.
  • You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Adultery is a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of meanness and selfishness and lying flow love and joy and peace beyond anything that can be imagined.
  • Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
  • Adultery is treason to the family; adulterers should be put to death.

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