Dec 30, 2011, 9:28 AM
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Re: [RickS] Couple arrested for adultery
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|" I'm just wondering where that interesting word, "adultery" came from in the first place?"
According to Wiki;
The term adultery has an Abrahamic origin, though the concept predates Judaism and is found in many other societies. The definition and consequences vary between religions, cultures, and legal jurisdictions, but the concept is similar in Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
. ^ "Encyclopędia Britannica Online, "Adultery""
. Britannica.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
If Gringal is looking for the etymology of "adultery", here's what I found:
"voluntary violation of the marriage bed," c.1300, avoutrie, from O.Fr. avouterie (12c.), noun of condition from avoutre, from L. adulterare "to corrupt" (see adulteration). Modern spelling, with the re-inserted -d-, is from early 15c. (see ad-). Classified as single adultery (with an unmarried person) and double adultery (with a married person). O.E. word was ęwbryce "breach of law(ful marriage)" (cf. Ger. Ehebruch). Adultery Dune in Arizona corresponds to Navajo sei adilehe "adultery sand" and was where illicit lovers met privately.