fornicate

verb
for·​ni·​cate | \ˈfȯr-nə-ˌkāt \
fornicated; fornicating

Definition of fornicate 

transitive verb

: to commit fornication with

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Other Words from fornicate

fornicator \ˈfȯr-​nə-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

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In one corner, a woman fornicated with a peasant, and in the other corner her sister did the same. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 Think of the waters around Louisiana as a great big dating pool for fish, with the eastern and western groups spending the warm summer months gorging and fornicating together. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Giant cobia and tiny sardines, Alabama's massive fish migration," 1 Nov. 2017 Irreverent red-faced monkeys fornicated on the temple roof and patrolled the tree’s lower branches, while hundreds of flying foxes hung like overripe fruits in the canopy. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres," 29 Apr. 2017 But the pages that immediately follow paint a more lurid picture, giving the distinct impression that college kids are fornicating willy-nilly, like so many bunnies in a hutch. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "Review: ‘American Hookup’ Gives College Sex Culture a Failing Grade," 18 Jan. 2017 Lonely on the Mountain—the Israelites are fornicating and worshipping a false idol.) Michael Sebastian, Esquire, "How The Leftovers Found Peace Among a Lion-Worshipping Sex Cult," 15 May 2017 Irreverent red-faced monkeys fornicated on the temple roof and patrolled the tree’s lower branches, while hundreds of flying foxes hung like overripe fruits in the canopy. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of fornicate

1552, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fornicate

Late Latin fornicatus, past participle of fornicare to have intercourse with prostitutes, from Latin fornic-, fornix arch, vault, brothel

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The first known use of fornicate was in 1552

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fornicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fornicate

: to have sexual intercourse

fornicate

verb
for·​ni·​cate | \ˈfȯr-nə-ˌkāt \
fornicated; fornicating

Medical Definition of fornicate 

transitive verb

: to commit fornication with

Other Words from fornicate

fornicator \-​ˌkāt-​ər \ noun

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