What does fornication mean?

Definitions for fornicationˌfɔr nɪˈkeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fornication.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fornication(noun)

    voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other

  2. adultery, criminal conversation, fornication(noun)

    extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations

    "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"


  1. fornication(Noun)

    sexual intercourse, especially on the part of an unmarried person.

  2. fornication(Noun)

    The act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman which does not by law amount to adultery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fornication(noun)

    unlawful sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person; the act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as does not by law amount to adultery

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  5. Origin: [F. fornication, L. fornicatio.]


  1. Fornication

    Fornication typically refers to consensual sexual intercourse between two people not married to each other. For many people, the term carries a moral or religious association, but the significance of sexual acts to which the term is applied varies between religions, societies and cultures. The definition is often disputed. In modern usage, the term is often replaced with the more judgment-neutral terms premarital sex, sex before marriage, or extramarital sex.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fornication in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fornication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joseph Heller:

    Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.

  2. Thomas Szasz:

    The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.

  3. Meekin:

    Dr. Paul: Get out, get out libidinous swine! And take that painted strumpet with you. May you both rot in the filth of your own fornication! Nicky: And what did you say to him? Dr. Paul: Say, Madam? I said nothing. I simply pulled up my tights and jumped out of the bathroom window. Nicky: Oh Dr. Paul, you're so naughty! Dr. Paul: Well, I try, Madam. And then, ten minutes later when I've got my breath back, I try again!

  4. Julie Burchill:

    Prostitution is the supreme triumph of capitalism. Worst of all, prostitution reinforces all the old dumb clich?s about women's sexuality; that they are not built to enjoy sex and are little more than walking masturbation aids, things to be DONE TO, things so sensually null and void that they have to be paid to indulge in fornication, that women can be had, bought, as often as not sold from one man to another. When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women, for the moral tarring and feathering they give indigenous women who have had the bad luck to live in what they make their humping ground.

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