- 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
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Examples from the Web for fornicating
He said he had no idea how the mayor had come to be quoted apparently preemptively reprimanding Prince Harry for “fornicating.”Harry Warned Off ‘Fornicating’?
November 8, 2011
And after some reproofs of the fornicating king, he addeth these further stories.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
- (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 fornicating
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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