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verb[NO OBJECT]humorous, formal
(of two people not married to each other) have sexual intercourse.
- ‘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.’
- ‘They traveled and probably fornicated in cars made by giant multinational corporations.’
- ‘If our patients had no alternative but to fornicate, perhaps it would be a case of passing the buck.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English (as fornication): from ecclesiastical Latin fornicat- arched from fornicari, from Latin fornix, fornic- vaulted chamber later brothel.
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