Adultery etymology


English word adultery comes from Latin alter (The one...the other (alter...alter). The other, the second.)

Etymology of adultery

Detailed word origin of adultery

Dictionary entry Language Definition
alter Latin (lat) The one...the other (alter...alter). The other, the second.
adulter Latin (lat) (by extension) counterfeit, false. Adulterous, unchaste Adulterer or adulteress, paramour.
adulterium Latin (lat) Adulteration, contamination. Adultery.
adultere Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
adultery English (en) (Bible) Faithlessness in religion.. (Bible) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.. (Political economy) Adulteration; corruption.. (ecclesiastical) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.. (obsolete) Injury; degradation; ruin.. (obsolete) The fine and penalty formerly imposed for the offence of adultery.. [...]