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a·dul·ter·y  audio  (-dlt-r, -tr) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. a·dul·ter·ies
Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French adultere, from Latin adulterium, from adulter, adulterer ; see adulterate


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