sodomy

noun
sod·​omy | \ˈsä-də-mē \

Definition of sodomy 

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

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Other Words from sodomy

sodomitic \ ˌsä-​də-​ˈmi-​tik \ or sodomitical \ ˌsä-​də-​ˈmi-​ti-​kəl \ adjective

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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, "Husband catches Christian school teacher in bed with student: Police," 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, NOLA.com, "2 Alabama police officers charged with first-degree rape: report," 12 Dec. 2017 He is charged in Jackson County with rape, sodomy, kidnapping and stealing. Toriano Porter, kansascity, "Accused rapist suspected of posing as Uber driver in custody | The Kansas City Star," 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, "Power, Corruption and Murder Roil Little Guyana," 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, AL.com, "Bond revoked for Tiger Transit driver charged with rape of Auburn student," 1 Oct. 2017 Deadline was the first to report the news, saying the report revolved around accusations of sodomy. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "LAPD Investigating Former APA Agent Tyler Grasham Amid Sexual Assault Allegations," 29 Oct. 2017 When Sessions served as Alabama attorney general, the state still criminalized sodomy. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "The attorney general says he values free speech. In 1996, he tried to stop LGBTQ students from meeting at a public university.," 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, "Former LMPD lieutenant accepts plea deal of 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girl," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sodomy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sodomy

Middle English, from Anglo-French sodomie, from Late Latin Sodoma Sodom; from the homosexual proclivities of the men of the city in Genesis 19:1–11

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sodomy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sodomy

: anal sex with someone

sodomy

noun
sod·​omy | \ˈsäd-ə-mē \
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

sodomy

noun
sod·​omy | \ˈsä-də-mē \

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 \ transitive verb

History and Etymology for sodomy

Anglo-French sodomie sexual intercourse between men, from Old French, from Late Latin Sodoma Sodom, from the supposed homosexual practices of the men of the city in Genesis 19:1-11

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