anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex.
copulation with a member of the same sex.

Nearby words

  1. sodoma, il,
  2. sodomise,
  3. sodomite,
  4. sodomitical,
  5. sodomize,
  6. soe,
  7. soeharto,
  8. soekarno,
  9. soemba,
  10. soembawa

Origin of sodomy

1250–1300; Middle English sodomie < Old French. See Sodom, -y3

Related formssod·o·mit·i·cal [sod-uh-mit-i-kuh l] /ˌsɒd əˈmɪt ɪ kəl/, sod·o·mit·ic, adjectivesod·o·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sodomy



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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Word Origin and History for sodomy



c.1300, "unnatural sexual relations," such as those imputed to the inhabitants of Biblical Sodom, especially between persons of the same sex but also with beasts, from Old French sodomie, from Late Latin peccatum Sodomiticum "anal sex," literally "the sin of Sodom," from Latin Sodoma. In Middle English also synne Sodomyke (early 14c.).

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Medicine definitions for sodomy




Anal copulation of one male with another.
Anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex.
Copulation with an animal.
Related formssodom•ite′ (-mīt′) n.sodom•ize′ (-mīz′) v.

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Culture definitions for sodomy



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.)


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.


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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