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Definition:

Adultery is voluntary, consensual sexual intercourse or sexual activity by a married person with someone other than their legal spouse.

Adultery and the Law

Many states in the United States have criminal codes that prohibit adultery.

Locales with fault-based divorce laws often list adultery as grounds for divorce.

Adultery is a chargeable offense in the U.S. Military.

The death penalty for adultery is still used in some Muslim nations.

Adultery in History

Ancient Rome: "The law against adultery made the offence a crime punishable by exile and confiscation of property. Fathers were permitted to kill daughters and their partners in adultery. Husbands could kill the partners under certain circumstances and were required to divorce adulterous wives. Augustus himself was obliged to invoke the law against his own daughter, Julia, and relegated her to the island of Pandateria."
Source: Julian Marriage laws

The traditional punishment for adultery was stoning to death.

Also Known As:
  • Infidelity
  • Cheating
  • Having an affair
  • Unfaithfulness
  • Extramarital sex
Common Misspellings: adultry
Examples:
Many married persons consider adultery to be a deal-breaker in a marriage.

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