anal sex, especially between men.
Law. any sexual contact other than heterosexual vaginal intercourse.
any sexual contact that is stigmatized as unnatural or immoral.
Law. of or relating to any sexual contact other than heterosexual vaginal intercourse.
In more recent legal use, sodomy laws usually criminalized oral and anal sex. These laws were often used to target homosexual sexual expression of all kinds, serving as tools for discrimination against nonheterosexual, noncisgender people. The landmark 2003 Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas ruled that sodomy laws were unconstitutional in the United States.
- sod·o·mit·i·cal [sod-uh-mit-i-kuhl], /ˌsɒd əˈmɪt ɪ kəl/, sod·o·mit·ic, adjective
- sod·o·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use sodomy in a sentence
Article 148 of the Sudanese Penal Code from 1991 said anyone who is convicted of sodomy three times “shall be punished with death, or with life imprisonment.”
ISIS, which previously controlled large swaths of Syria and Iraq, publicly executed men who were accused of committing sodomy.ISIS threatens to attack Turkish LGBTQ organization | Michael K. Lavers | December 7, 2020 | Washington Blade
Fairfax County police said Nizhamuding Jureti, 57, of Arlington, was charged with one count of forcible sodomy.Arlington man charged in sexual assault of hospice patient | Dana Hedgpeth | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Virginia lawmakers in 2014 repealed their state’s sodomy ban.
Maryland earlier this year approved a bill that repealed the state’s sodomy law.
The charge: sodomy, a serious crime in a predominantly Muslim nation.
sodomy, sod′om-i, n. unnatural sexuality, so called because imputed to the inhabitants of Sodom.
sodomy was practiced by the nations of Cueba, 774 Careta, and other places.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
Not that he is guilty of sodomy nor did I ever hear the Sin so much as mentioned among them.
sodomy is a crime both in the active and passive agent, unless the latter is a non-consenting party.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | W. G. Aitchison Robertson
In their drunkennesse, they vse and commit sodomy; and with their mothers and daughters they haue their pleasures and pastimes.
British Dictionary definitions for sodomy
anal intercourse committed by a man with another man or a woman: Compare buggery
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Cultural definitions for sodomy
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