fornicate

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[ fawr-ni-keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used without object), for·ni·cat·ed, for·ni·cat·ing.

to commit fornication.

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Origin of fornicate

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM fornicate

for·ni·ca·tor, noun

Definition for fornicate (2 of 2)

fornicate2

or for·ni·cat·ed

[ fawr-ni-kit, -keyt or fawr-ni-key-tid ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt or ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪ tɪd /

adjective Biology.

arched or vaulted in form.

Origin of fornicate

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

fornicate1
/ (ˈfɔːnɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(intr) to indulge in or commit fornication

Derived forms of fornicate

fornicator, noun

Word Origin for fornicate

C16: from Late Latin fornicārī, from Latin fornix vault, brothel situated therein

British Dictionary definitions for fornicate (2 of 2)

fornicate2

fornicated

/ (ˈfɔːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt) /

adjective

biology arched or hoodlike in form

Word Origin for fornicate

C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault
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