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fornicate Syllabification: for·ni·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrnəˌkāt/

Definition of fornicate in English:


[no object] formal or , humorous
(Of two people not married to each other) have sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈfôrnəˌkādər/
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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