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fornicate

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[ fawr-ni-keyt ]
/ 藞f蓴r n瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used without object), for路ni路cat路ed, for路ni路cat路ing.
to commit fornication.
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Origin of fornicate

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1545鈥55; <Late Latin fornic膩tus (past participle of fornic膩r墨 to consort with prostitutes), equivalent to Latin fornic- (stem of fornix) arch, vault, basement, brothel + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM fornicate

for路ni路ca路tor, noun

Other definitions for fornicate (2 of 2)

fornicate2
[ fawr-ni-kit, -keyt ]
/ 藞f蓴r n瑟 k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t /

adjective Biology.
arched or vaulted in form.
Also for路ni路cat路ed [fawr-ni-key-tid] /藞f蓴r n瑟藢ke瑟 t瑟d/ .

Origin of fornicate

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1820鈥30; <Latin fornic膩tus, equivalent to fornic- (see fornicate1) + -膩tus-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for fornicate (1 of 2)

fornicate1
/ (藞f蓴藧n瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to indulge in or commit fornication

Derived forms of fornicate

fornicator, noun

Word Origin for fornicate

C16: from Late Latin fornic膩r墨, from Latin fornix vault, brothel situated therein

British Dictionary definitions for fornicate (2 of 2)

fornicate2

fornicated

/ (藞f蓴藧n瑟k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t) /

adjective
biology arched or hoodlike in form

Word Origin for fornicate

C19: from Latin fornic膩tus arched, from fornix vault
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