sod·​omy | \ ˈsä-də-mē How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \

Definition of sodomy

: anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex also : copulation with an animal

Other Words from sodomy

sodomitic \ ˌsä-​də-​ˈmi-​tik How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \ or sodomitical \ ˌsä-​də-​ˈmi-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sodomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Douglas County Sheriff's office arrested Baber on suspicion of third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy, and unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor, among other charges, the newspaper reported. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2017 Works is charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sodomy, the website reported, citing state court records. Kim Chatelain,, 12 Dec. 2017 He is charged in Jackson County with rape, sodomy, kidnapping and stealing. Toriano Porter, kansascity, 2 Nov. 2017 The ramifications of such rumors could be serious in Guyana, Mr. Amin said, since the country still has laws against sodomy that could be punishable by life in prison, even if they are rarely enforced. Liz Robbins, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2017 Both men are charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in connection with the attack that happened Sept. 15 on a campus shuttle. Kent Faulk,, 1 Oct. 2017 Deadline was the first to report the news, saying the report revolved around accusations of sodomy. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Oct. 2017 When Sessions served as Alabama attorney general, the state still criminalized sodomy. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, 3 Oct. 2017 Jackman, who retired in December 2015, was indicted in September 2016 on multiple charges, including first-, second- and third-degree sodomy. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 10 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sodomy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sodomy

Middle English sodomie "a culturally stigmatized form of sexual intercourse," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin sodomia, from Late Latin Sodoma sodom (Greek Sódoma, Hebrew Sĕdhōm) + Latin -ia -ia entry 1; from the belief that the men of Sodom's intention was to practice such intercourse on Lot's male guests (in the Biblical story of the destruction of Sodom, Genesis 18-19)

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“Sodomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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sod·​omy | \ ˈsäd-ə-mē How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \
plural sodomies

Medical Definition of sodomy

: anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex also : copulation with an animal

Other Words from sodomy

sodomist \ ˈsäd-​ə-​məst \ noun


sod·​omy | \ ˈsä-də-mē How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \

Legal Definition of sodomy

: the crime of oral or anal sexual contact or penetration between persons or of sexual intercourse between a person and an animal especially : the crime of forcing another person to perform oral or anal sex

Other Words from sodomy

sodomize \ ˈsä-​də-​ˌmīz How to pronounce sodomy (audio) \ transitive verb

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