Adultery vs Infidelity - What's the difference?
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.
* advowtry (obsolete)
Sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse.
(Bible) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment.
(Bible) Faithlessness in religion.
- She engaged in adultery because her spouse has a low libido, while hers is very high.
(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
- 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) injury; degradation; ruin
* Ben Jonson
- (Ben Jonson)
- You might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature.
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:
Lack of religious belief.
* Bishop Ward
- 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.
- 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 .
* (marital) adultery
* (moral) betrayal
* (religious) faithlessness
* (moral) faithfulness
* (moral) loyalty
* (moral) fidelity