fornication

fornication

[fawr-ni-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.
2.
Bible. idolatry.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English fornicacioun < Late Latin fornicātiōn- (stem of fornicātiō). See fornicate1, -ion

fornicatory [fawr-ni-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective

formication, fornication.
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fornication (ˌfɔːnɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  voluntary sexual intercourse outside marriage
2.  law voluntary sexual intercourse between two persons of the opposite sex, where one is or both are unmarried
3.  Bible sexual immorality in general, esp adultery

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fornication
c.1300, from O.Fr. fornication, from L.L. fornicationem (nom. fornicatio), from fornicari "fornicate," from L. fornix (gen. fornicis) "brothel," originally "arch, vaulted chamber" (Roman prostitutes commonly solicited from under the arches of certain buildings), from fornus "oven of arched or domed shape."
Strictly, "voluntary sex between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman;" extended in the Bible to adultery.
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fornication for·ni·ca·tion (fôr'nĭ-kā'shən)
n.
Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.


for'ni·cate' v.
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Fornication definition


in every form of it was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9; 19:29; Deut. 22:20, 21, 23-29; 23:18; Ex. 22:16). (See ADULTERY.) But this word is more frequently used in a symbolical than in its ordinary sense. It frequently means a forsaking of God or a following after idols (Isa. 1:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16; Hos. 1:2; 2:1-5; Jer. 3:8,9).

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