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ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪtfor·ni·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fornicateverb

    have sex without being married


  1. fornicateverb

    To commit fornication.

  2. fornicateadjective

    Shaped like or arch or vault; resembling a fornix.

  3. Etymology: From fornix Arch as in a passageway, it was customary for courtesans of the era to wait for their customers out of the rain under these archways.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FORNICATEverb

    To commit lewdness.

    Etymology: from fornix, Latin.

    It is a new way to fornicate at a distance. Thomas Browne, Vul. Err.


  1. fornicate

    Fornication is generally consensual sexual intercourse between two people not married to each other. When one or more of the partners having consensual sexual intercourse is married to another person, it is called adultery. Nonetheless, John Calvin viewed adultery to be any sexual act that is outside the divine model for sexual intercourse, which includes fornication.For many people, the term carries an overtone of moral or religious disapproval, but the significance of sexual acts to which the term is applied varies between religions, societies and cultures. In modern usage, the term is often replaced with more judgment-neutral terms like premarital sex, extramarital sex, or recreational sex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fornicateadjective

    alt. of Fornicated

  2. Fornicateverb

    to commit fornication; to have unlawful sexual intercourse

  3. Etymology: [L. fornicatus, p. p. of fornicari to fornicate, fr. fornix, -icis, a vault, a brothel in an underground vault.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fornicate

    for′ni-kāt, adj. arched: (bot.) arching over.—n. Fornicā′tion. [L. fornicatusfornix, an arch.]

  2. Fornicate

    for′ni-kāt, v.i. to commit lewdness: to have unlawful sexual intercourse.—ns. Fornicā′tion, sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons, or an unmarried and married person: (B.) adultery, and applied frequently by a figure to idolatry; For′nicator, an unmarried person guilty of lewdness:—fem. For′nicatress. [L. fornix, an arch, brothel.]


  1. Fornicate

    arched or vaulted: concave within, convex without.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fornicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fornicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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