verb[no object] formal or humorous
(Of two people not married to each other) have sexual intercourse.
- The final chorus in this production reverses the emotional polarities of the whole opera: singing about their new-won freedom, the humans fight, flirt and fornicate.
- He thus has the knowledge that he should avoid fornication, but he fornicates nonetheless because he actually sees the fornication as an act of pleasure to be pursued.
- A man of irreproachable personal piety who nevertheless has no objection to his neighbors’ boozing on the Sabbath or fornicating in haylofts is not a Puritan.
- Example sentences
- Will we change the Constitution to restrict the rights of fornicators, adulterers or divorcees in the interest of protecting the ‘sanctity’ of marriage?
- By the late eighteenth century, New England law enforcers arrested few fornicators or adulterers, though premarital and extramarital sex had hardly disappeared.
- And yet not one member of the House or Senate would consider supporting a constitutional amendment to discriminate against fornicators or adulterers.
Middle English (as fornication): from ecclesiastical Latin fornicat- 'arched', from fornicari, from Latin fornix, fornic- 'vaulted chamber', later 'brothel'.
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