Definition of fornication in US English:



humorous, formal
  • Sexual intercourse between people not married to each other.

    ‘laws forbidding adultery and fornication’
    • ‘So widespread is the understanding that, when a priest or bishop's adultery or fornication comes to light, clergy and laity are equally scandalized.’
    • ‘Their talk is adultery and fornication, dishonesty, greed and deceit, and easy money.’
    • ‘And the consequences of fornication or adultery are not only restricted to the parties involved in these immoral acts.’
    • ‘She would have opened the door to the house around six thirty, which would have coincided with the sins of adultery and fornication being committed on the couch at Mr. Armstrong's house.’
    • ‘The majority of people in society may come to regard fornication, adultery and casual sexual relationships with intolerance, indignation and disgust.’
    extramarital sex, extramarital relations, adultery, infidelity, unfaithfulness, cuckoldry
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