- to commit fornication.
Origin of fornicate1
1545–55; < Late Latin fornicātus (past participle of fornicārī to consort with prostitutes), equivalent to Latin fornic- (stem of fornix) arch, vault, basement, brothel + -ātus -ate1
[fawr-ni-kit, -keyt or fawr-ni-key-tid]
- arched or vaulted in form.
Origin of fornicate2
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Examples from the Web for fornicate
Fornicate: arched or vaulted: concave within, convex without.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- (intr) to indulge in or commit fornication
C16: from Late Latin fornicārī, from Latin fornix vault, brothel situated therein
- biology arched or hoodlike in form
C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault
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Word Origin and History for fornicate
1550s, from Late Latin fornicatus, past participle of fornicari (see fornication). Perhaps in some cases a back-formation from fornication. Related: Fornicated; fornicating.
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