fornicate

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[fawr-ni-keyt]

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
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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 fornicator
n.

late 14c., from Late Latin fornicator, agent noun from fornicat-, stem of fornicari (see fornication).

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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