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fornicate1

[fawr-ni-keyt] /ˈfɔr nɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), fornicated, fornicating.
1.
to commit fornication.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin fornicātus (past participle of fornicārī to consort with prostitutes), equivalent to Latin fornic- (stem of fornix) arch, vault, basement, brothel + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
fornicator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fornicator

fornicate1

/ˈfɔːnɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to indulge in or commit fornication
Derived Forms
fornicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin fornicārī, from Latin fornix vault, brothel situated therein

fornicate2

/ˈfɔːnɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
(biology) arched or hoodlike in form
Word Origin
C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault
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Word Origin and History for fornicator
n.

late 14c., from Late Latin fornicator, agent noun from fornicat-, stem of fornicari (see fornication).

fornicate

v.

1550s, from Late Latin fornicatus, past participle of fornicari (see fornication). Perhaps in some cases a back-formation from fornication. Related: Fornicated; fornicating.

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