fornicate

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[fawr-ni-keyt]
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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
Related formsfor·ni·ca·tor, noun

fornicate

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or for·ni·cat·ed

[fawr-ni-kit, -keyt or fawr-ni-key-tid]
adjective Biology.
  1. 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

fornicate

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verb
  1. (intr) to indulge in or commit fornication
Derived Formsfornicator, noun

Word Origin for fornicate

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

fornicate

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fornicated

adjective
  1. biology arched or hoodlike in form

Word Origin for fornicate

C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault
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Word Origin and History for fornicate
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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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