Adultery vs Infidelity - What's the difference?

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Adultery is a synonym of infidelity.


As nouns the difference between adultery and infidelity

is that adultery is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse while infidelity is unfaithfulness in marriage: practice or instance of having a sexual or romantic affair with someone other than one's spouse, without the consent of the spouse.

adultery

Alternative forms

* advowtry (obsolete)

Noun

(adulteries)
  • Sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse.
  • She engaged in adultery because her spouse has a low libido, while hers is very high.
  • (Bible) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
  • (Bible) Faithlessness in religion.
  • And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. (King James Version)
  • (obsolete) The fine and penalty formerly imposed for the offence of adultery.
  • (ecclesiastical) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
  • (obsolete) adulteration; corruption
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • (obsolete) injury; degradation; ruin
  • * Ben Jonson
  • You might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature.

    infidelity

    English

    Noun

    (infidelities)
  • Unfaithfulness in marriage: practice or instance of having a sexual or romantic affair with someone other than one's spouse, without the consent of the spouse.
  • Unfaithfulness in some other moral obligation.
  • * 1937 , Arnold Oskar Meyer, England in German opinion throughout the centuries , page 6:
  • It was disastrous that England's infidelity towards Frederick the Great — which no one, not even a German, condemned more strongly than did William Pitt — had to affect one of the most popular heroes of our national history.
  • Lack of religious belief.
  • * Bishop Ward
  • The means used to this purpose are partly didactical, and partly protreptical; demonstrating the truth of the gospel, and then urging the professors of those truths to be stedfast(SIC) in the faith, and to beware of infidelity .

    Synonyms

    * (marital) adultery * (moral) betrayal * (religious) faithlessness

    Antonyms

    * (moral) faithfulness * (moral) loyalty * (moral) fidelity