[ sod-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈsɒd əˌmaɪt /


an inhabitant of Sodom.
(lowercase) a person who engages in sodomy.

Origin of Sodomite

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin Sodomīta < Greek Sodomī́tēs. See Sodom, -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sodomite


/ (ˈsɒdəˌmaɪt) /


a person who practises sodomy
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Word Origin and History for sodomite



late 14c., from Old French Sodomite "inhabitant of Sodom; sodomite," also a general term of abuse, or directly from Late Latin Sodomita, from Greek Sodomites "inhabitant of Sodom" (see Sodom, also cf. sodomy). Related: Sodomitical. Old English had adjective sodomitisc. The King James Bible (1611) has fem. form sodomitesse in a marginal note to "whore" in Deut. xxiii:17.

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