Le supplice des adultères by Jules Arsène Garnier shows adulteresses being punished

Adultery is a word used in religious texts like Exodus 20:14. It applies to a married person sleeping with someone other than the person who they are married to. Adultery usually comes with a heavy punishment for example, death by stoning in some Muslim countries. In most countries adultery is no longer a crime, but most people still see it as a bad thing.(see Gospel of John 8) If a person who is married takes part in adultery, that person's husband or wife would usually have the right to be able to go to court to divorce them.

The word adultery originates not from “adult”, as is commonly thought in English-speaking countries, but from the Late Latin word for “to alter, corrupt”: “adulterare”. “Adulterare” in turn is formed by the combination of “ad” (towards), and “alter” (other), together with the infinitive form “are” (making it a verb). Thus the meaning is literally “to make other”. In contrast, the word “adult” (meaning a person of mature years) comes from another Latin root, “adolescere”, meaning to grow up or mature: a combination of “ad” (towards), “alere” (to nourish, to grow), and the inchoative infix “sc”(meaning to enter into a state of).

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Famous adulterers include :

See also Othello

Other Languages
العربية: خيانة زوجية
বাংলা: ব্যভিচার
беларуская: Шлюбная здрада
brezhoneg: Avoultriezh
català: Adulteri
čeština: Cizoložství
chiShona: Hupombwe
Deutsch: Ehebruch
English: Adultery
español: Adulterio
Esperanto: Adulto
euskara: Adulterio
français: Adultère
Frysk: Oerhoer
Gàidhlig: Adhaltranas
galego: Adulterio
한국어: 간통
हिन्दी: व्यभिचार
hrvatski: Preljub
Bahasa Indonesia: Perselingkuhan
Iñupiak: Allatuun
italiano: Adulterio
עברית: ניאוף
ქართული: მრუშობა
Latina: Adulterium
lietuvių: Neištikimybė
മലയാളം: ജാരവൃത്തി
Nederlands: Echtbreuk
日本語: 姦通
norsk: Hor
português: Adultério
română: Adulter
Runa Simi: Wasanchay
sicilianu: Mèttiri i corna
српски / srpski: Прељуба
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Preljub
Basa Sunda: Jinah
suomi: Aviorikos
svenska: Hor
Tagalog: Pakikiapid
українська: Подружня зрада
اردو: بد کاری
Tiếng Việt: Thông gian
ייִדיש: ניאוף
中文: 通奸