criminal conversation


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criminal conversation

n. Law
An act of adultery that gives rise to a cause of action on the part of the injured spouse.

criminal conversation

n
1. (Law) (formerly) a common law action brought by a husband by which he claimed damages against an adulterer
2. (Law) another term for adultery
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Noun1.criminal conversation - extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relationscriminal conversation - extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations; "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
extramarital sex, free love - sexual intercourse between individuals who are not married to one another
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When the husband prosecutes his wife's gallant, if he can produce any proofs of a criminal conversation, he recovers for damages forty cows, forty horses, and forty suits of clothes, and the same number of other things.
Rodriguez sued Lemus for alienation of affection and criminal conversation (essentially claims for home-wrecking and adultery, respectively) under North Carolinas heart balm torts.
However, even these costs can pale in comparison to the tort liability facing the adulterous spouse's paramour in states where the torts of alienation of affection and criminal conversation still exist.
In 1837, the year before Victoria ascended the throne of England, another famous English woman was tried for the crime of criminal conversation (adultery) with then Prime Minister Melbourne.
There were three main forums in which the adultery case could be tried in English law: the ecclesiastical courts, principally the Consistory Court and the Court of Arches at Doctors' Commons, which entailed the presentation by legal representatives of the parties of previously recorded depositions of witnesses before a judge who could record a sentence of separation from bed and board without the right of remarriage; the civil courts, in the form of a case for criminal conversation by which a husband could sue an adulterer for the loss of consortium in his wife; and finally, Parliament, where a husband could obtain a divorce by a private act which allowed for remarriage.
They can also be signs of madness--a useful and understudied tool in the symbolic criminal conversation.
Gallantry and Criminal Conversation (2002) is a sublime example of the European Grand Tour run amuck, in which several couples and a trio indulge in X-rated frivolity.
Jackie Bratton suggests that Edmund Kean's trial for criminal conversation and subsequent theatrical appearances were a flashpoint in a larger cultural battle for control of the British stage, as it moved from an old model of box, pit and gallery, with prostitutes tolerated in the foyer, to a new model of proto-Victorian middle-class morality, where signs of sexuality were no longer welcome.
Unfurled: flare weed compatriot, that criminal conversation.
Publicity around criminal conversation trials--that polite euphemism for husbands who sued their wives' lovers for damages--"raised important questions about whether adultery was a 'private tragedy' or matter for public regulation" (p.
The judgments in criminal conversation suits followed this code too.
GARDAI can listen to any criminal conversation on the Esat Digifone mobile phone network, according to a senior detective.