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fornicate

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[ fawr-ni-keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪt /
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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

Other definitions for fornicate (2 of 2)

fornicate2
[ fawr-ni-kit, -keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt /

adjective Biology.
arched or vaulted in form.
Also for·ni·cat·ed [fawr-ni-key-tid] /ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪ tɪd/ .

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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