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sodomy Syllabification: sod·om·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsädəmē/

Definition of sodomy in English:

noun

Sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation.
Example sentences
  • Except for one male, all the sailors were found guilty of adultery, sodomy and fraternization.
  • Many states have managed to decriminalize sodomy without instituting gay marriage.
  • Perhaps if tolerance were widely accepted it might lead to efforts to decriminalize sodomy.

Derivatives

sodomize

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Pronunciation: /ˈsädəˌmīz/
verb
Example sentences
  • Descriptors of sexual abuse included being forced to have sex, being molested or fondled against one's will, or being raped or sodomized.
  • But even earlier, in the bedroom scene between the two lovers, Marcus had declared his desire to sodomise Alex.

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin sodomia, from late Latin peccatum Sodomiticum 'sin of Sodom' (after Gen. 19:5, which implies that the men of Sodom practiced homosexual rape) (see Sodom).

Words that rhyme with sodomy

academy • blasphemy

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