intercourse

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

Definition of intercourse

1 : connection or dealings between persons or groups
2 : exchange especially of thoughts or feelings : communion
3 : 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for intercourse

Synonyms

commerce, dealings, interaction, relation

Antonyms

nonintercourse

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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse

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The archdiocese has defended him, saying the relationship was consensual and did not involve intercourse. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Allegations against top priest under review after AP report," 7 June 2019 Symptoms like pain with intercourse merit an exam and discussion with a specialist, Dr. Castellanos says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Know If You Should Talk to Someone About a Low Sex Drive," 22 May 2019 Play: Play is a word used within the kink community to refer to any erotic activity, from penetrative intercourse to impact play. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Impact Play," 1 May 2019 The archdiocese disputed her account and said the two never had intercourse. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Woman accuses Cardinal DiNardo of dismissing sex abuse case," 4 June 2019 The archdiocese disputed her account and said the two never had intercourse. Washington Post, "Woman accuses top US cardinal of dismissing sex abuse case," 4 June 2019 In fact, according to the Post, both Brando and Schneider have said the film’s scenes of intercourse were simulated. Anna North, Vox, "The disturbing story behind the rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, explained," 26 Nov. 2018 The good news is that vaginal estrogen cream has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the risk of UTIs in postmenopausal folks (whether or not their UTI is the result of intercourse). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "This Is Why You Keep Getting UTIs After Sex," 13 Aug. 2018 At a four- or six-week checkup, you may be cleared to have intercourse again. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "You Can Probably Have Sex 6 Weeks After Giving Birth—But You Don’t Have to. And it Might Suck," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of intercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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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