fornicate

1
[ fawr-ni-keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪt /

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

to commit fornication.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. formée,
  2. fornacis,
  3. fornax,
  4. fornenst,
  5. forney,
  6. fornication,
  7. fornicator,
  8. fornicatory,
  9. fornicatrix,
  10. forniciform

Origin of fornicate

1
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

2

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

2
1820–30; < Latin fornicātus, equivalent to fornic- (see fornicate1) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for fornicate

fornicate

1
/ (ˈfɔːnɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(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

adjective

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

fornicate

v.

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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