be betrayed/ marital betrayal

Ashley Qin

Senior Member
Chinese
I wrote two sentences.

1) Do you know how to regain happiness after marital betrayal?
2) Do you know how to regain happiness after being betrayed in marriage?

Are they of the same meaning? Which one is more clear? Thanks.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    People do not normally describe marital problems in that way. Accusing someone of betrayal is extremely judgemental – unless you tone it down by using an expression such as “a betrayal of trust”.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    I agree with post #3. It is the spouse's trust which was betrayed: specifically, the trust that "my spouse won't cheat on me". The spouse was not betrayed in any of the other ways one person can betray another person.
     
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