crime against nature

noun phrase

: sodomy

Word History

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crime against nature was in 1683

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Cite this Entry

“Crime against nature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

crime against nature

: a sexual act (as of bestiality) that is regarded by the law as abnormal
also : the crime of committing such an act
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