Lexicon:Criminal conversation

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Term: criminal conversation
References: HMS Surprise, page 224
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, page 189
Meaning: Adultery. It is a measure of our changing language that a guardian in Maturin's time would be more concerned to know that his ward was engaged in conversation than in intercourse.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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