Origin of fornication
Examples from the Web for fornication
Yes, cities—those reviled warts on the American imagination, the ancient sources of all sin and fornication.The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply|Kent Sepkowitz|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I never fell into fornication, though sometimes into the vice of masturbation.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
The fearful costs of sin—yes, that is the thought, particularly the sin of fornication!Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
Take heed to keep thyself, my son, from all fornication, and beside thy wife never endure to know a crime.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Charles S—— and wife made a public confession of the sin of fornication.
Elizabeth P——, widow, made her confession of the sin of fornication and was accepted.
c.1300, from Old French fornicacion (12c.), from Late Latin fornicationem (nominative fornicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fornicari "fornicate," from Latin fornix (genitive fornicis) "brothel" (Juvenal, Horace), originally "arch, vaulted chamber" (Roman prostitutes commonly solicited from under the arches of certain buildings), from fornus "oven of arched or domed shape." Strictly, "voluntary sex between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman;" extended in the Bible to adultery.