“It was a mistake.” -Cheater
Adultery is far more than “a mistake.” The word just makes me cringe internally when I see or hear it used to talk about infidelity.
In one sense, the word is accurate. The person did something wrong. A “mistake” highlights that.
However, the word “mistake” trivializes what the cheater did.
It puts committing adultery in the same category as forgetting the milk on a grocery run or taking a wrong turn on way to pick up a family member. Adultery stretches the category of “mistake” beyond its proper use, IMO.
The cheater did not “just” sleep with the other person. It is far more than one sexual act. They engaged in lying and stealing along with that act.
An accountant who transposes some numbers because he is tired makes a “mistake.” An accountant who transposes some numbers to steal money has committed a crime called embezzlement.
A judge is likely not fooled by the embezzler trying to pass off his criminal behavior as “a mistake.”