[ 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 fornicate1
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 fornicatefor·ni·ca·tor, noun
Other definitions for fornicate (2 of 2)
[ fawr-ni-kit, -keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt /
arched or vaulted in form.
Also for·ni·cat·ed [fawr-ni-key-tid] /ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪ tɪd/ .
Origin of fornicate2
1820–30; <Latin fornicātus, equivalent to fornic- (see fornicate1) + -ātus-ate1
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How to use fornicate in a sentence
From “The Fornicator” to some regrettable lines in Pumping Iron, The Daily Beast picks its favorites.Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child: The Best Memes|The Daily Beast|May 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
What law and what judge imputes a like criminality to the fornicator as to the adulterer?The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love|Emanuel Swedenborg
Magnus enim fornicator fuit, ut in toto regno Angliae divulgabatur, etc.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
They declared that no fornicator, no adulterer, no drunkard could be admitted into the kingdom of heaven.
You may be a fornicator, or an adulterer, if you pay one hundred cents on a dollar, the world will give you a free pass.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
Likewise the fornicator aims at enjoyment, to which is joined the deformity of guilt.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for fornicate (1 of 2)
/ (ˈfɔːnɪˌkeɪt) /
(intr) to indulge in or commit fornication
Derived forms of fornicatefornicator, 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)
/ (ˈfɔːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt) /
biology arched or hoodlike in form
Word Origin for fornicate
C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault
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