intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Definition of intercourse

1 : physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person anal intercourse oral intercourse especially : sexual intercourse sense 1 heterosexual intercourse
2 : exchange especially of thoughts or feelings : communion
3 : connection or dealings between persons or groups

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Synonyms & Antonyms for intercourse

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • nonintercourse
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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse
Recent Examples on the Web For example, leading up to it, it’s Daphne who is leading the moment of intimacy up to the intercourse. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Sex on Bridgerton Is All About Keeping Everyone From Rolling Off the Tiny Beds," 5 Jan. 2021 The two had been arrested previously for public lewdness after they were caught having intercourse in a car in front of someone’s home. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County grand juries wrap up 2020 with indictments in brutal homicides," 21 Dec. 2020 During a hearing, Bosley said the intercourse was consensual, according to the charging documents, and the subsequent investigation included DNA extraction. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man facing felony rape charge," 8 Dec. 2020 Their intercourse is shot from eight angles, with rapid cuts. Eve Gerber, The Atlantic, "The Undoing Treats Domestic Violence Like a Striptease," 2 Dec. 2020 Most people become infected with gonorrhea after having intercourse with someone who has the disease. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Gonorrhea infections increasing in Michigan: officials," 18 Nov. 2020 Sympathy opens up both women’s repressed feelings and Lee observes them almost scientifically — their instinctive intercourse makes private history. Armond White, National Review, "In Ammonite, Artistry Competes with a Demand for Allyship," 13 Nov. 2020 The lack of fluids down there can make intercourse uncomfortable, even painful, while being mentally frustrating. Michella Oré, Glamour, "Is Using Coconut Oil As Lube Safe?," 12 Nov. 2020 The first half of every month is spent tracking ovulation and carefully timing intercourse, while the second half involves waiting to determine the outcome of our efforts. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’m In My 20s & My Partner & I Both Struggle With Fertility," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of intercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for intercourse

Middle English intercurse, probably from Middle French entrecours, from Medieval Latin intercursus, from Latin, act of running between, from intercurrere to run between, from inter- + currere to run — more at car

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The first known use of intercourse was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2021

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“Intercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercourse. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for intercourse

intercourse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intercourse

formal : communication and actions between people

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Kids Definition of intercourse

: dealings between persons or groups Social intercourse requires communication.

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs, -ˌkȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Medical Definition of intercourse

1 : connection or dealings between persons or groups
2 : physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person anal intercourse oral intercourse especially : sexual intercourse sense 1 heterosexual intercourse

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