Definition of fornication in English:



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

    ‘laws forbidding adultery and fornication’
    • ‘Their talk is adultery and fornication, dishonesty, greed and deceit, and easy money.’
    • ‘The majority of people in society may come to regard fornication, adultery and casual sexual relationships with intolerance, indignation and disgust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the consequences of fornication or adultery are not only restricted to the parties involved in these immoral acts.’
    • ‘So widespread is the understanding that, when a priest or bishop's adultery or fornication comes to light, clergy and laity are equally scandalized.’
    extramarital sex, extramarital relations, adultery, infidelity, unfaithfulness, cuckoldry
    affair, liaison, sexual intercourse, sex, intercourse, sexual relations, coupling
    hanky-panky, a bit on the side, bonking, rumpy pumpy, a bit of the other, how's your father
    carnal knowledge, congress, commerce
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