- voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.
- Bible. idolatry.
Origin of fornication
Examples from the Web for fornication
Yes, cities—those reviled warts on the American imagination, the ancient sources of all sin and fornication.The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply
October 30, 2012
Fines for adultery and fornication belong to the king, not to the bishop.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
If ye touch at the islands, Mr. Flask, beware of fornication.Moby Dick; or The Whale
The crimes of fornication and adultery are very severely punished.Modern Persia
Mooshie G. Daniel
Then said they to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.God's Plan with Men
T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Revelation
- voluntary sexual intercourse outside marriage
- law voluntary sexual intercourse between two persons of the opposite sex, where one is or both are unmarried
- Bible sexual immorality in general, esp adultery
Word Origin and History for fornication
c.1300, from Old French fornicacion (12c.), from Late Latin fornicationem (nominative fornicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fornicari "fornicate," from Latin fornix (genitive fornicis) "brothel" (Juvenal, Horace), originally "arch, vaulted chamber" (Roman prostitutes commonly solicited from under the arches of certain buildings), from fornus "oven of arched or domed shape." Strictly, "voluntary sex between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman;" extended in the Bible to adultery.
- Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.