[ sod-uh-mee ]
/ ˈsɒd ə mi /
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anal or oral copulation with a person of a different sex.
copulation with a person of the same sex.



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Origin of sodomy

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English sodomie, from Old French; see Sodom, -y3


sod·o·mit·i·cal [sod-uh-mit-i-kuhl], /ˌsɒd əˈmɪt ɪ kəl/, sod·o·mit·ic, adjectivesod·o·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sodomy

/ (ˈsɒdəmɪ) /


anal intercourse committed by a man with another man or a womanCompare buggery

Word Origin for sodomy

C13: via Old French sodomie from Latin (Vulgate) Sodoma Sodom
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Medical definitions for sodomy

[ sŏdə-mē ]


Anal copulation of one male with another.
Anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex.
Copulation with an animal.

Other words from sodomy

sodom•ite′ (-mīt′) n.sodom•ize′ (-mīz′) v.
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Cultural definitions for sodomy

[ (sod-uh-mee) ]

Sexual intercourse that is not the union of the genital organs of a man and a woman. The term is most frequently applied to anal intercourse between two men or to sexual relations between people and animals. (See pederast.)

notes for sodomy

According to the Bible (see also Bible), God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for unacceptable sexual practices, apparently including anal intercourse between men. Sodomy takes its name from the city of Sodom.

notes for sodomy

Many governments have laws against sodomy. These laws are difficult to enforce, however, and many people believe they violate personal privacy.
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