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sodomite Syllabification: sod·om·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈsädəˌmīt/

Definition of sodomite in English:


A person who engages in sodomy.
Example sentences
  • The societies targeted everything from profanity to Sabbath-breaking, but historians who have examined their activities in the brothels have tended to focus upon the societies' suppression of female prostitutes and male sodomites.
  • It seems safe to assume that these men, charged only with being ‘disorderly persons,’ were not sodomites, as the latter denoted a much more serious crime.
  • Sodomy, which was once ‘a category of forbidden acts,’ was collapsed into the identity of the sodomite, which over time became the ‘homosexual.’


Pronunciation: /ˌsädəˈmitik/
Example sentences
  • There was no discussion of the morality or content of the sodomitic act, what transpired in sodomitic unions.
  • Many later Christian writers denied that women could commit sodomy at all; others believed that the defining characteristic of unnatural or sodomitic sex was that it could not result in procreation, regardless of the genders involved.
  • Thus, we don't have to welcome or approve bigotry (or, from the homophobe's point of view, sodomitic sin), but should nonetheless tolerate bigots on grounds of both respect for persons and the greater good of civil society.
Pronunciation: /ˌsädəˈmidik(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • While the chapter makes some interesting points about the contemporary reconfiguration of centuries-old anxieties concerning sodomitical practices, its inclusion seems out of place considering the book's narrow historical focus.
  • Though not explicitly sodomitical, the relationships depicted in these plays resonate deeply with erotic behavior and do little to bury such eroticism in homophobic denials.


Middle English (in the sense 'sodomy'): via Old French from late Latin Sodomita, from Greek Sodomitēs 'inhabitant of Sodom'.

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